Some of my figurative pieces are based on monumental brass plates as their strong engraved outlines and patterns translate really well into mosaic design. My skeleton is an English 16th century corpse wrapped in a shroud, a Memento Mori, which is a reminder that we must all die. I incorporated leafy vines that run up the limbs to add colour and emphasise our return to the soil.
The Cosmos are three large abstract pieces, the first is The Void that represents the beginning and end of time in the form of a black hole and its event horizon. I created a negative image so that the cosmos is depicted in glittering gold to emulate the Byzantine gold mosaics in Ravenna. The Spheres of the Cosmos are multicoloured concentric rings depicting the creation of the world as described in a richly decorated 15th century book called the Nuremberg Chronicle. Corona Aureole began just as the outbreak of the Corona virus began, a cruel coincidence but it also seemed apt to complete this during the lockdown. It is in rich colbolt blue with mother of pearl lusture and recycled willow pattern china, that represents the white halo of light around the moon and is based on a wonderful artwork by the Chinese artist Liu Guosong.
My recent work describes the natural patterns and organic shapes of pebbles that I have collected from beaches on my travels and now fill my shelves at home.