Mosaicking the Universe
If you read the last blog post, you know that I ended with something about ‘mosaicking the universe.’ I suppose that’s a figure of speech, but we could at least make a good dent in covering bare spots in Austin, Texas with stories and meaning constructed from bits and pieces.
I have two volunteers besides myself who are ready and willing to help those two women get their own church mosaic project started. Anyone else in?
Here is our own mosaic progress, as of 11:45 Wednesday morning:
Keep in mind that the larger tiles are ¼-inch square and the smaller tiles are ⅛-inch square!
We take lots of snapshots as we go, in order to check our work from a distance, and to be more objective about what is happening on the panel.
The blue tape marking off the edges of Jesus’ shirt is only temporary- it keeps grout from settling where it’s unwanted. These yellow canoe seats were taped the same way before grouting.
You can compare all these similar photos to see how many tiles (tesserae) appear white because of light reflections. If nothing else, mosaic is about the effects of light!
After working and re-working various faces and bodies, the mosaic artists start feeling like they know these characters. Perhaps this is how a novelist feels about her characters?
This panel is the part of the story in which Jesus has rowed (paddled?) to the other side of the lake to find a quiet place to pray. HA! There were apparently about a gazillion people waiting there for him on the shore. Do you think he was surprised?