We work with a wide variety of tesserae (broken tile used to make mosaics art) including: ceramic tile, glass, smalti, stone, pebbles, handmade concrete tile, handmade ceramic tile, and fused glass elements. For indoor fine art mosaics and mixed media art installations we use a wider range of materials like metal, fabric, paper, and found objects. Standard professional tile industry practices are observed in the production and installation of architectural mosaic.
We use a variety of techniques to create concrete sculpture: poured casts, ferrocement (concreteover expanded metal lathe or metal grid layered on metal armature) or over fiberglass mesh layered on a styrofoam core. Concrete sculpture can be decorated by painting or stains and carved/shaped at various stages in the curing process. Mosaic is a perfect outer layer to decorate a concrete sculpture like a bench. Even using a material as mundane as cement and sand, one can produce wonderfully detailed organic free-flowing forms in concrete sculpture.
I was born in Tennessee, and grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, for my first 14 years. I’ve been creatively driven since childhood. I have been a practicing artist for over 13 years, and have been creating sculpture and mosaic since 2007. I’m passionate about large scale mosaic and sculpture installations for private, public, and community projects. I use ceramic tile and glass in my mosaics. My guiding artistic vision is to elegantly blend beauty, utility, and meaning. I am excited by the context-driven transformation of environments via art into places that bring joy and inspiration, and facilitate a sense of profound connection to nature, self, and others. My current areas of artistic expansion include community-built art, guerrilla mosaics, and making art with youth.