From stained glass works in church buildings, to murals in public areas and high-end wall art, mosaic art grew standard through the pandemic
A tragic incident of self-immolation at Neyyantikara in January was the springboard for Santhosh Vadakkedath’s work, Anarchy of Hope. Traditionally, mosaic art is recognized with Greco-Roman murals, stained-glass Bibilical photos and still-life themes. This depiction of a information merchandise in shades of yellow, orange, crimson and black stood out amid different works displayed at Mosaic, a group present of six artists, at David Hall, Fort Kochi.
E.M. Jospeh, who helmed the present and tutored Sajeev AT, Rajesh Thattasseri, Kunjamol, Paul George and Santhosh, says that only a few in India practise mosaic art. This is as a result of “it is exhausting and has too many technicalities”.
Though not taught in art faculties, there are many pastime lessons that train mosaic art, which includes, composing and designing, reducing out the tiles, pasting, grouting or filling the crevices and sprucing the ultimate piece. Joseph, who learnt the art from his father who had interned with the mosaic artist V Balan, started by enterprise stained glass mosaic work for church buildings, he has executed over 40 items for church buildings principally in Andhra Pradesh, and now needs to popularise it. Among his early works are photos of the Resurrected Christ and Infant Jesus.
He factors out that this art kind is ornamental and is seen at swimming swimming pools, outside landscapes, flooring and even on picture and mirror frames. “Different materials such as ceramic tiles, stones and glass can be used,” he says.
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Bengaluru-based artist Sarah Kurien is engaged on a 10×10 ft Greek-themed mural as a balcony piece. She is perched on a ladder including ending touches to a blue door round which she’s going to add pink bougainvillea. Through her firm Tesserae India, Sarah takes up commissioned work on planters and patio tables moreover wall panels and on curios. She feels that mosaic art “has lot of potential. We can take it to the level of fine art as seen in Metro rail pillars in Brazil that depict rainforests. They are gorgeous and full of fine detailing. In Europe, mosaic art can be seen on tombstones, urns, garden planters, patio tables apart from regular wall panels,” says Sarah who goals of doing a park wall in mosaic.
The mosaics she noticed in church buildings led Delhi-based Renu Sharma to this art kind. “I discovered the brilliant work of foreign artists through social media and saw the possibilities of using glass tiles,” says Renu who was a youngsters’s books artist earlier than she turned to mosaic.
“I like to use pieces of glass as strokes of brush,” she says, including that one can play with colors and textures of glass in mosaic. While she likes to create birds and flowers, “you can certainly take it to the level of fine art. It depends on the quality of material and intricacy of expression,” she says, including that this is determined by funds restrictions, high quality of fabric and particular person aesthetics. The tiles accessible in India are on par with imported ones, she feels, and the latter are inclined to push the worth up. She estimates a 8×10 ft panel to price round ₹25 lakh.
Senior architect Ramesh Tharakan, who combines regional and modern structure in restoration, has used mosaic art as borders and round water our bodies throughout landscaping. “Architects use a glass mosaic called Bisazza from Italy. Though expensive, it has a vast range of colours and finishes. A thorough knowledge of its aesthetics and application will get the best results,” he says.
Well-known artist Vandeepp Kalra, who is based mostly in Kolkata, rues the truth that mosaic art is nonetheless nascent in India regardless of being standard globally. It is seen in lots of metro stations throughout Kolkata however not a lot elsewhere. Vandeepp additionally laments that particular instruments required for this art from usually are not simply accessible.
Artimozz, a Delhi-based firm that manufactures flooring and wall supplies, presents mosaic art as a product. Sunny Gupta, the proprietor who has educated his employees to create particular works on the manufacturing unit in Delhi, says, “We have been in the business for 20 years. Mosaic art was not known earlier but now there is an awareness. The design and materials used for public art and for private individuals is different. High-end luxury work requires double the time compared to a commercial public project.”
At the Kochi exhibition, Joseph factors to a work by Kunjumol, a home employee who learnt mosaic art when she was jobless through the pandemic. “She is not only proud of her work but also ready to assist artists. And this will fetch her some remuneration.”
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