Reflective post number 1


1st October 2016: DEFINITION

Collins English Dictionary defines Mosaic as ‘ a design or decoration made up of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, etc’.

Initial searches for relevant academic information on the subject of Contemporary Mosaic Art Practice brought up references to chemistry and electronics, where the word ‘Mosaic’ is used to describe composite parts that make up a whole.  The term also occurs in Gestalt Theory and in models of social sciences.   There is, however, very little written about Mosaic Art.


I have been thinking a lot about this lately and I propose that the definition Collins Dictionary is too restrictive.

Ask people the question ‘What is a mosaic? and they will often think of the Romans or mosaics they will have seen in Ravenna in Italy, or one of the other countries around the Mediterranean.   This is of course correct, but if you look further, you will see mosaics everywhere.  Apart form the scientific definitions I’ve already alluded to, they appear all over the place.  I saw this pile of leaves earlier this week and immediately saw a mosaic.

Leaf mosaic

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