Mosaics by Kerry
Mosaics by Kerry

Artist Statement

           I’ve practiced art for over 20 years as a way to bring balance to my life.  Art provides me with the opportunity to create, to connect with others, and to bring myself back to center.   I enjoy working in watercolor, fiber, and clay sculpture.  However, art glass has mesmerized me for as long as I can remember--the colors invoke emotion and I'm intrigued by how those swirls are formed in the glass!  With the desire to learn the art of stained glass but the lack of access to instruction, I began the practice of mosaic.  I soon found that mosaic allowed for endless possibilities in working with this rich, yet transparent medium.   This freedom kept me from pursuing the art of stained glass.    Though I am self-taught, I have sought out instruction in art classes and through self-disciplined study.   I've also had many informal teachers along the way.  I am honored to be a member of the Cedarburg Artists' Guild, Art on the Move Group, and most recently, the League of Milwaukee Artists.

 

    Beginning to end, this process is a joy.  I begin with a general sketch directly on the substrate.    As I hand-cut and place the tesserae, the image begins to take shape.  I strive to approach each piece loosely,  trusting that everything has its place and will fall into place.   My focus is on cutting the glass into shapes that will fit together to create flow and movement... much like the brushstroke does for a painter.  Next, tesserae are adhered to the substrate. The final stage of grouting unites the entire piece.  I find much symbolism in this art form.  The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, I was taught in Sociology 101.  And so I find it interesting how the breaking and re-piecing  of glass resembles the healing and growth process in life. 

 

     What do I use for tesserae?      Primarily exquisite art glass made by Uroboros, Bullseye, and Kokomo.  I also include stone tile, hand-built pottery, mirror, wire-wrapped found objects.   Copper foiling techniques are used to preserve and incorporate my watercolor paintings, journal writings, and treasures from nature.

 

            Most recently, I've explored contrasting light and shadow in water and woods.  I work from photographs I've taken outdoors.   I enjoy the challenge of creating realistic representations of nature in all its subtleties.  I am also naturally drawn to a bright, colorful pallette that often doesn't inspire me to create realistically.  The next direction I take may be to merge these two opposing desires.  If there is one common thread in my art, it is the life and movement I strive for by thoughtful placement of the tesserae and choice of materials.  Thank you for taking the time to learn about my process.  I hope my work brings you joy.

         

          Kerry

 



Happening Now!

Exhibits

My artwork can be found at:

* Pink Llama Gallery-Cedarburg

*Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts-Cedarburg

*Main Street Gallery-Cedarburg

 

Upcoming Art Shows

Aug 18 and 19 10am-5pm

Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts 

Held at Fowler Park in Beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. __________________________

October 12, 13, 14

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Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour

I'm delighted to be in The Coop in Grafton again this year! _________________________

Nov 30 – Dec 2,  2018

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Cedarburg Artists' Guild

Holiday Art Fair

Friday    10am –  8pm
Saturday 10am–  5pm
Sunday  10am – 3pm 

Open Studio

Tuesdays   6:30pm-9:00pm

 

Now Taking Registrations for the next Mosaic Workshop

 

Recent Student Masterpieces

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