Artist bio

Artist bio

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)

Private Commission (detail), 2014. © Sitara Morgenster, Design & Installation
Floating Creatures (2004) © Sitara Morgenster

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.

Selection of small wall hangings based on heraldry, 2016 – 2017 © Sitara Morgenster

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.

Last but not least, the mosaic artists who have influenced and inspired me greatly are Ilana Shafir and Friedensreich Hundertwasser, as well as Lee Krasner.

Pebble floor mosaic. Design & Installation 2004, © Sitara Morgenster. Entry way at The Temple of Original Happiness, 150 Powderham Street, New Plymouth

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