Modular Mosaic: Connecting the Dots of Intent and Spontaneity (Kelley Knickerbocker)
September 14 - September 17
I am thrilled to have been invited to offer Modular Mosaic as the inaugural visiting artist workshop of Rachel Sager’s The Ruins Project on 14-17 September 2017 in Whitsett, PA. This is an incredible match-up of concept and site, and will be my first ever four-day intensive combination of in-studio study and in situ application of our modular method. Rachel will be on hand to guide and facilitate this uniquely collaborative experience, where as part of their learning students join the story of the ruins, adding new mosaic to the walls and weaving mosaic into and around mosaic installations by previous artists. In Rachel’s words, “The Ruins Project is a long-term mosaic installation that represents the vision of one Pennsylvania artist but welcomes the hands, hearts, and hammers of mosaic enthusiasts from around the world. As a student working on the walls of The Ruins Project, you will have the opportunity to express yourself independently as an intuitive artist while becoming a part of something bigger than yourself.”
In this flexible, spontaneous, scalable, continuity-ensuring approach to mosaic, students will set dimensional clusters – modules – of their chosen tesserae into mortar, arrange the cured modules into a composition, and fill/weave other tesserae (and space!) around them. Modules can be grouped, strung together, broken up, recombined, built up, laid out on a grid – so many possibilities! – and then completely surrounded/blended with a mosaic field, partially surrounded/blended, or left freestanding for effect. Topics covered: selecting a material/color palette, free-form composition, concept, interweaving design elements, use of space in design, material processing, working directly in mortar, coloring mortar, building/decorating substrates, creating more than one visual plane in a mosaic.