The Work Begins
Several events happened in tandem. I started collecting broken pottery and wine bottles from the neighbors. I captured images of people I could use as models for a church mosaic. I drew sketches of a potential mural for the Great Hall. I started contacting leaders of groups who use our building, both within and outside of the membership roll. This was going to be a group project!
As soon as the mural concept was agreed upon, I started training a small group of church members who were willing guinea pigs to be future supervisors of mural production. At first, I had them working in my home studio,
I decided to design my long-dreamed of project, Dancing with Jesus, to be a learning project for the Cut-ups. I made a long horizontal design in order to allow individuals more room to work, which is, perhaps, not a typical approach to composition-making.
I taught basics, then unleashed the group onto my design. Here is an early attempt to mosaic the figures of the woman and Jesus: