Our innate sense of wonder is so easily forgotten in this hectic world. Reconnect with it. Celebrate it with a bright spark! My impromptu mosaics bring a seeming chaos of unrelated materials and elements together for you into an ordered, colourful whole, like a miniature universe. It’s the magic of spontaneous, contemporary mosaic making.
“Disparate pieces attract, influence each other, and miraculously become inseparable” ~ Ilana Shafir, mosaic artist (1924-2014)
Over the years, I’ve had the fortune to see and absorb ancient mosaics up-close and personal in exotic locations as far away as Italy, Spain, Iran, Jordan, Syria and France.
Currently, my home-based studio is located in native bush near the Far North’s Mount Maungataniwha. My work is exhibited and collected throughout New Zealand, as well as sold overseas.
Not only do I make beautiful mosaics for people’s walls, kitchens, floors, bathrooms and gardens, I also teach this skill in group settings and one-to-one tuition. But first of all, my deepest involvement is with the honouring of life in pure form, which in my case happens in, around and through the heart hermitage of the living advahoot Yanchiji, at Tushita Ashram.
Then there is writing, which I still do on a daily basis, in one form of another, including my mosaics blog on this site. Music is a big part of my life as well (listening, playing, singing and writing it), as well as “hanging out” with humans and dogs. And since getting rid of broadband at home, I’ve been doing so much reading! Non-fiction is my favourite genre and last year I got into a number of great artists’ biographies.
A brief history of what I’ve been up to, in particular mosaic-wise:
13 January – 14 February : : solo exhibition at “The Rosetta Café”, 121 Rosetta Road, Raumati South (Kapiti Coast)
September 2016 : : group exhibition at “The Art Café” in New Plymouth with a series of small mosaic wall hangings
July 2016 : : gone pro, member of MAANZ (Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand), established a studio in the Far North of New Zealand
2004 – 2016 : : completion of a number of in situ commissions
2014 : : mosaic window hangings on show at “The Raised Eyebrow Art & Coffee House”
2004 : : first mosaics shown in “The Bridgeman Gallery” in New Plymouth (Taranaki)
2003 : : 10-day summer course in Adobe earth building and mosaics, The Earth House, Peria, facilitated by Günther Andraschko and Dhaj Summer
2002 : : first mosaic completed by following step by step instructions from a library book
1991 – 2016 : : employed as PR manager, journalist, editor, small business owner, caregiver and translator respectively
Sitara Morgenster January 2017