Asked about my favourite piece by the reporter of Kapiti News writing about my January exhibition, I chose “Adagio”, for the following reason: “I started with the thought to challenge myself with a “boring” black and white, and was surprised with the expressiveness from this subdued pallet. I was also in a very happy mood when I made it, after spending four days with a good friend who inspires me, and I feel the affection of our friendship became part of the piece.” Having said that, my favourites change as fast as the weather and my moods.
This is part of a 11m2 mosaiced floor in a converted garage in New Plymouth, in use as a studio/sleepout, designed and installed in 2011 © Sitara Morgenster : : Mosaics.Gallery.
Created on the old, existing metal letterbox, for “The Raised Eyebrow Art & Coffee House”, at 501 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth, across from Mangorei School. © Sitara Morgenster, 2012. Art & Coffee House closed down, but the letterbox is still standing!
The native New Zealand forests and their inhabitants are an endless source of inspiration for me
An example where the materials orchestrated the theme and colour scheme of a mosaic. The metal, shiny parts were a cut up “bling” bracelet and an earring (centre piece) which reminded me of the Aztec depictions of the sun, such as these:
This is a detail of a much larger, 100cm x 100cm pebble mosaic for the entry way of The Temple of Original Happiness, 150 Powderham Street, New Plymouth, the design based on the Sri Yantra and the elements of life.
100cm x 100cm pebble mosaic for the entry way of The Temple of Original Happiness, 150 Powderham Street, New Plymouth, the design based on the Sri Yantra and the elements of life. © 2005, Sitara Morgenster : : Design & Installation.
This was an experiment: a mosaic made from off cuts from a lead light artist, using du-kit to keep the pieces together.
Butterflies, marbles and my late mother’s fake pearl necklace formed the inspiration for this balanced, yellow wall hanging.