BODRUM TREE MOSAICS
I have been mosaicing the 43 tree planters on the main Street of Bodrum since the beginning of 2013. I am inspired by the nature, history, architecture and social life of the Bodrum peninsula in my designs fort he mosaics. We have finished 36 planters until now, and still continuing. Each mosaic is financed by a sponsor, who can be an individual or a company, and a name plate is placed under the mosaic.
LE FİNESTRE Dİ BRENTA
In June 2015, mosaic artist Arend Wanderlust organised the MOSAIC MEETING in north of Italy “Le finestre di Brenta”, where mosaic artists from around the World were invited to make a personal mosaic with the topic of the WINDOWS with their personal style. Later all the windows were placed permanently in the historic center of BRENTA (VA)
As Arend puts it: “The end result will be a poetic journey through the streets of the village in a sort of open-air gallery, where visitors are invited to look at the various artistic windows and discover the names of the artists who participated.”
Figures of a local nature were to be used, and I chose cingiali/wild boar as my main character. She is looking out at the window-sill where her puppies are in a basket. There are cyclamens in the background, and a bottle of prosecco.
1st INTERNATIONAL MOSAIC FESTİVAL OF BOURGOGNE
In August 2015, the 1st International Mosaic Festival of Bourgogne took place in La Chapelle ST André where a communal mosaic mural was made. Visiting mosaic artists joined in to work directly on a framed board which later was put up on the outside wall of the chapel. The design was drawn by local artists, depicting a rural scene of past times of the surrounding land, with iron workers in the foreground. Mostly glass mosaics were used, with a touch of local stones in some areas.
In October 2009, we mosaiced the walls of the primary school in Eğrice, Suruç, Urfa, with the help of the students and some of the teachers. I made designs using the figures that the students drew previously on the entrance walls which we mosaiced with my assistants. The chidren were ecstatic breaking the tiles, grouping them in colors and helping with the mosaic. Then they started mosaicing their own figures on a wall in the inner garden with some assistance.
1st INTERNATIONAL URBAN MOSAIC INTERVENTION, CHILE 2014
I was invited to participate in the 1st International Urban Mosaic Intervention, Chile 2014, which took place between 13-24 January 2014 in Puento Alto, Chile. 60 artists from around the World and 20 artists from Chile were invited to work on this public Project organised by the Puente Alto Municipality, with the leadership of Chilean artist Isidora Paz Lopez. During the 2 weeks of communal work, 80 artists mosaiced 160 square meters of the Puente Alto Municipality building walls. With the theme of “Magic Garden”, each artist designed and created a mosaic on an area of 1.5 m x 1.5 m, keeping to the basic design principles, in their own methods, some even having brought special materials from home. Chile’s flora and fauna were design inspirations. I used the Chilean iguana figure in my mosaic, which I made of ceramic in my studio and took with me to place on the wall, along with some flowers I made of ceramic as well.
The Urban Mosaic Project in Puento Alto was started in 2011 by Isidora Paz Lopez with a request from the Mayor. She worked with a team of 100 people to cover more than 4000 square meters of mosaic, in two years. With designs of local motifs, train and underground stations, town squares and columns made the city vibrant and colorful.
The SIGNS Project which is organised by the mosaic artis Caroline Jung from Germany is a communal Project where 170 mosaic artists from around the World participated by sending a 20 cm x 20 cm mosaic piece on mesh of a sign of their choice. In Caroline’s words: “Creating a common work of art, which grows and when completed will be sold at the end to the highest bidder. The donation goes to the Artists, or if preferred a fee will be paid to the artists and the remainder goes to a charity organization.” The signs used were from the scripts and symbols of old cultures : Hieroglyphics, Celtic scripts, Runes, Aztecs, Greek, Roman – and so on. Symbols like “Om”, Peace, Love, Freedom (all positive symbols)
I chose Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and warfare.
The Urban Eyes Project is conceived and faciliteted by New Orleans-based artist Laurel True. She started this project in 2014 and so far hundreds of artists from 30 countries have contributed almost 600 mosaic eyes to be installed in street art murals. Laurel organises these street art projects and works with local people and volunteer artists to create mosaic murals on the streets of New Orleans and Haiti. When she first started the eyes Project and asked artists from around the World to send 1-3 eyes (each 14-23 cm wide), she didn’t expect to get so many, so she was planning to use them on walls in New Orleans only. When the participation was so big, she decided to use some of the eyes in Haiti.