The brave pioneering artist has more to teach us than the techniques they've perfected, or styles they work in. They have a freedom, persistence and vision that empowers them to break past the walls and ceilings that hold so many of us in a place of safety in our art. They flow into new territories with the curiosity of a child, not allowing the opinions of others to hinder their exploration. Very occasionally we have an opportunity to learn first hand from such an artist.
Seattle Visual Artist Jo Braun has reached world-wide acclaim and respect for her mosaic art because of her willingness to hold nothing back, to move beyond the voices of critics. Like all great artists she has given us an opportunity to question our personal definition of the art medium mosaic.
- Is a work in which only the impressions of the tesserae remain still a mosaic? (above)
- Is a work that has been covered in a thick screed of plaster and only the texture of the tesserae remain still a mosaic? (below)
Braun's willingness to experiment beyond the status quo sets her apart. Although these works, pictured above, have specific meaning to the artist and original inspiration they are also part of her journey into considering the mortar's importance and role in mosaic.
Beneath the mosaic itself Braun is creating the finest handmade cementious substrates in the industry. These elegant wafer-thin, rigid surfaces, large or small, boast integrated hardware. Their delicacy, strength and clean profile make them an enviable 'standard' for lightweight, rigid, inexpensive substrates for artwork. Braun will share her techniques at M3 in September.
With a PhD in Anthropology Jo enjoys observation, research and analysis. For her, the decoding of mosaic 'grammar' was her choice of foundational education. She studied the works of contemporary Italian artists and historic Masters in fine detail and discerned 5 common rules. Her take on andamento comes from a fresh eye and unique perspective.
This prolific artist has agreed to step out of the studio and into the classroom for two days in September to share her wisdom. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from a brave pioneer of our time. Details here.