This large piece “Heat meets the earth” ( 1800mmx 1200mm) was completed over a one year period 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.