I am drawn to detail and pattern, particularly the kind of detail one may not notice at first glance. I enjoy expeditions and traveling to exotic lands to discover hidden beauty found in nature. As an explorer and an artist one needs to train the eye, not just to look, but also to see and observe. The pattern of the leaves, lines in a tree’s bark, clouds in the sky form similar “andamento”, visual movement or rhythm produced by the mosaic elements.
Mosaic is a language, tessera are the letters to form the lines/words and sentences. My mosaics are a study of these rhythms. By leading the viewer through the contours, ebb and flow of the subject. A mosaic artist creates the feeling of a subject with the materials size, shape, colors and elements. My work is a combination of modern materials and ancient practice still rendered with the same techniques, using stone, glass, hammer and chisel. I am dedicated to preserving the history and tradition of mosaic art, along with the techniques and materials used in the past. One must study and remember the past to be informed for the future.
Debra D’Souza, Mosaic Artist