Our church in Austin, University Presbyterian, is embarking on a 7 foot-by-19 foot mosaic project for an indoor wall. This has been a dream in my head for years, and now it is happening. A group of volunteers who are beginners at mosaic have been coming to my studio week after week to be trained to the point at which they become supervisors of complete novices in making the mosaic.
In order to allow this group I call “The Cut-ups” to experience making a mosaic panel and get their ‘sea legs’ in this medium, they are making their own small mosaic panel. The subject is ‘healing’, and the name of the panel is “Dancing with Jesus”. It is a metaphor for all the healing that takes place when a person lives in loving relationship with God and with other people. I am having the group work in gray-scale, so that they develop an understanding of the role of darks and lights in defining 3-D forms. I am proud of their work!
Here are the Cut-ups on their voyage of discovery, making progress, backing up, and going forward again.