Artist bio

Artist bio

I‘ve decided to focus on nourishing, celebrating, re-kindling and inspiring this innate sense of wonder we were all born with and at times remember, but which is so easily pummeled and forgotten in this hectic world, let alone lived. How? First of all through my day-to-day way of living, and then through into the mosaic art I create. My impromptu mosaics bring a seeming chaos of unrelated materials and elements together into an ordered, colourful whole, like a miniature universe, reflecting 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 mosaic 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 to others, both 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 the Tushita Hermitage.

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 I particularly love getting into great artists’ biographies, currently it’s the two volume biography of Henri Matisse by Hilary Spurling, “The Unknown Matisse” and “Matisse the Master“.

Let me also mention the mosaic artists who have influenced and inspired me greatly, the late 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 work on show and work in the mosaic community:

7 September 2018 : : Awarded “Highly Commended” in the NZMA 2018 Exhibition, Orewa

7 – 30 September 2018 : : Entry in the NZMA bi-annual Mosaic Art Exhibition in Orewa

August 2018 onward : : Exhibiting work at the Bush Fairy Dairy, Oruru Road, Peria NZ

31 May – 1 April 2018 : : Whangarei Heads Arts Trail, guest artist.

December 2018 : : Membership New Zealand Mosaic Association (NZMA)

October – December 2017 : : Solo exhibition at Ramada Resort, Taipa

September 2017 – current : : webmaster/webcurator of the website of MAANZ (the Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand)

August 2017 : : Entry in the MAANZ Symposium 30:30 Vision Exhibition, Salamanca Gallery Hobart

10 – 11 June 2017 : : Taranaki Arts Trail, guest artist at The Art Café New Plymouth

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, some of which are pictured on the homepage of this website (Portfolio page)

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, in The Netherlands, the Sultanate of Oman, London (UK), Scotland and NZ

Sitara Morgenster January 2017