This large piece “Heat meets the earth” ( 1800mmx 1200mm) was completed over a one year period (2016-17) and was a project to use up all the tessarae that I had collected over the past decade. Materials include floor tiles, wall tiles, broken plates, cups, vases and other assortments. I found a place for terracotta and tiles from the 70s and 80s found on a nature strip. Tile shops gave me lots of samples of ‘end of the line’ or out of stock tiles. It is my passion to reclaim pre-loved precious things and make something new with them.
I wanted yellow to be a central feature and weaving around the yellow is flowing green lines, representing hills and mountains. The things the keep us cool during hot periods. Red in blocks (representing heat) is trying to oppress from above, but cool spots can still be found beneath. The grass grows and the fish swim in cool dark waters. The dark green tiles came from a friend’s kitchen renovation. Every type of material in this mosaic carries a story of complex origins. An item used, and loved in another place, another home, has now found its home in this work.
"Heat meets the earth" covers an dreary brick wall in the back garden of a family home in Kingsville, Melbourne.
Wild Abalone (30mmx 35mm)
Abalone shells have captured my imagination since childhood. When permitted, I have collected them from beaches along the Great Ocean Road and other spots. This mosaic honours the beauty and resilience of abalone. Victoria’s wild abalone population is still recovering after being almost wiped out by a viral illness, allegedly caused by infected water escaping from an abalone farm. This devastation to abalone serves as a potent reminder of the fragility of our marine environment.
Materials: Abalone and other shell species sourced from permitted shorelines, schist, travertine, marble, quartz, gravel.