MOSAIC ART: Texture Exploration
One of my prime indulgences as a child was a small sculpture I created using play dough, where seemingly phenomenal visions stamped in the purity of a child’s creativity. My eyes are still shimmering from that night!
Since then, my utmost feeling of artistry gained its meaning in opposition to and as embroidery of what it meant to be a “Texture”.
When I looked up the word “Texture” in the dictionary, the well-expected definition was: a surface or utmost layer of an entity, and explained as smooth/ rough, soft or hard, and etc. For me, it appears to have a widened sense of meaning. I personally identify it as a basic aspect of life and art. Operational with insightful nerves, our hands and skin have the capacity to distinguish it. It’s one of the mankind’s greatest pleasures in the perceptible sensation of different strokes. In visual art it’s typical to any of the vital elements of art, can improve and magnify the artist’s passion. Therefore, nowadays many artists are using it as a major instrument in paintings, mosaic, and sculptures.
Today’s article is a short brief stop at the meaning of texture, and how to visualize it in mosaic art
A texture is one of the most primary aspects of mosaic art. It’s an element that requires a careful consideration and a wise modeling by the artist. In addition to the medium, the final shell treatment offers many unexpected textural resolutions. Hence, it includes many mediums like stones, glass and pebble, and a full range of finishes like polish and tumble.
How to Identify it ?
The third-dimensional surface is basically created using rigid, domed and bulging mediums. Artists and observers could only identify the texture from a three-point perspective. Nonetheless, “touch” is by far the most fascinating and necessary instrument, especially when it comes to identifying texture. Hence, what we see in it is not all we get. The main significance of a surface remains enigmatic and invisible- so-called three-dimensional. Despite being a dominant aspect in an artwork, texture can be truly discovered only by touch.
Three-dimensional surface in mosaic art:
This mosaic art is an example of an outstanding texture. The stones were cut and a small amount of grout/glue was poured into it, to create a solid, cohesive texture. Most of the tiles must be half-rinsed by the grout, and fixed directly to the second-dimensional artwork.The mosaic artist uses very thick and expressive stones which create this perceptible texture in her work. Imagine this mosaic without texture. Vaulted stones add interest to the artwork, but they also create a sort of liveliness.
Last but not least, in my opinion, certain mosaics were made to be touched. Today, contemporary artists decisively make their creations substantial as a way to help the observer experience it more fully.
Featured Mosaics: Ioannis Touliatos
Can you imagine your life without texture?
If you had to choose between color and texture, what would you keep?
Have any other thoughts or questions about “Texture” ?Let me know in the comments below.
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