MOSAICS: PIECES OF A PUZZLE
18th October 2016: REFLECTIONS ON SUMMER SCHOOL
Over the summer I went to North Uist in the Outer Hebrides and spent a week at the University of the Highlands and Islands on a Summer School called ‘Art and Archaeology’. During the week we visited several archaeological sites and discussed our thoughts about what we saw. The experience has definitely influenced my work. As mosaic materials tend not to travel too well (mostly because they are heavy and quite fragile if you want to move them) I decided that I would work in a different medium. One of our tasks had been to visit the site of a 12th Century Church and to describe one part of it in great detail. I photographed and measured a wall. The work I produced focused on the wall.
I drew the wall to scale, painting the stones one by one. I couldn’t work out why I didn’t like it, and then I realised that I had to fill in the render between the stones to pull it all together. This is what I do when I grout a mosaic. Subconsciously I chose something to work on that had elements of a mosaic as I knew I would find a way of interpreting it.