I first encountered mosaic art in 1999 after visiting an archeological excavation of an ancient Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Biet She´an in Israel. My visit to a bathhouse was during its restoration. The floor had just been uncovered, revealing an impressive mosaic. The mosaic is thought to have been created in the early 12th century. There was nothing else remaining intact, but this mosaic stood the test of time. The art of mosaic captivated me at that moment because of its permanence. In Rotterdam, Holland, I received formal training in mosaic between 2008 and 2010. More recently, I have reimagined my art form to incorporate lighting, resin, and dimension as interactive elements. I draw inspiration from my travels, things collected from beaches all over the world, and my own imagination in my work.
Everyday life is structured with confinements and boundaries. When I am in my studio, my imagination is the fuel that drives my desire to create without limits. My training in mosaic was in the most common form (flat, rendered images cut from tile or glass glued to a backing), but I soon began to wonder if I could push those boundaries and create 3-dimensional and interactive mosaic pieces that could be seen in daylight as well as in the absence of natural light. When I overcome my own perceived challenges, I am most satisfied with a piece. In my work, I am mostly drawn to creating oceanic depictions because I find the ocean to be a limitless realm of wonder and curiosity. I enjoy incorporating playful or whimsical aspects into my pieces. It is the reactions I get when people become absorbed in my work that give me the greatest satisfaction.
¨You as a salt being, made of salt, go fathom the depth of the ocean, and in the process, you yourself dissolve.¨
-Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche