Rachel Sager "Eclypsis" mosaicSeptember 2009

16″h w 13″w

Materials: Slate, marble, Pennsylvania sandstone, Italian smalti, 24-karat gold smalti, Blenko glass, dichroic glass, bulldozer clutch disk, brass rings

Awarded Best in Show at “Art In Pieces”, international juried exhibit at the Mystic Arts Center in Mystic, CT

 Artist Statement

Eclypsis was inspired while sitting through a bad theatre production. The highlighted backdrop was an illuminated, abstract image of a stained glass window. Instead of following the actors, I found myself re-designing the image throughout the show with my own materials. The vertical slate was especially satisfying as a material and as a compositional element.

I didn’t see the eclipse in the composition until after it was complete. I find that meticulous planning makes for good art, but leaving room for a few unknowns while I am working can create the bits of magic that have the power to spark emotion.