Margaret
Shaw

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Retirement gave me the time to explore my art and from my start as a mosaic artist, with practice, tuition and continual exploration of colour and form, I have progressed to an place where my work is a unique combination of styles and techniques while still bearing my personal stamp. To progress to sculpture gives me a further dimension to express myself with the materials. For me, mosaic and sculpture speak of permanence, colour, durability, endless variety, unlimited scope, surprise, reinvention and, occasionally even enlightenment. I strive to create artwork that displays the varied colours, differing textures, deceptive lustres and infinite variety that exists with cement, ceramic pieces, glass, metal and the earth’s stones. My images come mostly from the natural world, but I also enjoy the absorption of an abstraction, where colour, form and line can be an end in themselves. Within mosaic, the term is andamento; the visual flow and direction within a mosaic which is dictated by the placement of the pieces or tesserae. Sculpture too has flow to create and augment the form and the idea. I create pieces that invite/require the viewer to explore not only the subject but also the structure and materials; to see these pieces in a new light and to give the material a different worth by its application in my art. Mosaic and sculpture is endlessly flexible and in encouraging the combination of different techniques and materials, gives the viewer and the maker, the opportunity to realize a different perspective. Palmtree 2024.

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