Maison de la Mosaïque contemporaine in Paray-le-Monial continues its cycle of mosaic exhibitions named
The synergy of textures and materials, which reveals a wide range of topics of abstraction, decorativeness and interpretation.
Participating artists –
Estelle Apparu и Isabelle De Sa Moreira.
Founded in April 2013, Maison de la Mosaïque is a contemporary art center dedicated to contemporary mosaics. This is both an exhibition center and an educational organization in mosaic area, and at the same time a resource center.
This year, due to the spread of COVID-19, the opening of the exhibition was held without spectators. According to the organizers of the exhibition, the grand opening will be replaced by the grand closing.
In our turbulent times, we all feel vulnerable due to uncertainty about a new virus that threatens humans, and in these conditions we even more need feasts to help deal with depression caused by global misfortune.
The Maison de la Mosaïque contemporaine in Paray le Monial gives us with this opportunity and presents wonderful mosaics by French mosaic artists Estelle Apparu and Isabelle De Sa Moreira.
After graduating from university and receiving a diploma in literature and languages, Estelle discovered mosaic during a tourist trip, and immediately decides to train in this art.
After an initial training with Serge Miroglio (Meilleur Ouvrier de France), she continued her studies with various masters at the Maison de la Mosaïque in Paray le Monial. She has been exhibiting her mosaics for over 10 years, teaching mosaics, working in schools and participating in construction projects.
Her workshop is in Lyon.
Attracted since childhood by stones and pebbles, Estelle cultivates with mosaics her passion for stones, gems and organic material such as pieces of wood, rusted metal. An abstract idea is combining with favorite materials and natural tones. She uses an original opus, whose organic rhythm animates the inert mineral.
As the Estelle says about herself:
“- For as far as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by stones, gemstones pieces of broken glass. As an adult, I’m still mesmerized by their beauty, by the enchantment you can feel by cutting a stone and discovering what treasure is hidden inside.”
“Each element of a mosaic is unique, I love to considerate each one and to free my creativity by experiencing the possibilities of curves and reliefs by “destructuring” the materials. Thus, each fragment adds its vibration and its light by unifying itself with the following one. “
“In this way, I’m following my musive path, exploring the language of tiles, experiencing without any restrictions or limits, freeing myself from “classical” approaches of the Art of Mosaic.”
Isabelle De Sa Moreira
For 4 months, Isabelle went through vocational training in Paris with Michel Massiou, a former student of Riccardo Licata, after that she went through numerous internships with renowned mosaic masters.
Isabelle has exhibited since 2003, and won the 2nd prize of the jury in the Prix Picassiette International Exhibition in 2016. She carries out private and state orders for the mosaic creation and its restoration. Her workshop is located in Vernon, in l’Eure.
Long attracted to the figurative and especially the creation of portraits, Isabelle is now moving towards abstraction. Hence an eclectic work, on a wide variety of themes: realistic interpretations on a “pop” and fresh theme, monumental tags.
The materials play on contrasts or complementarity between matt and brilliant, or harmonize in subtle color gradations.
Artist presents herself in couple of words:
“- As long as I remember I have always been passionate by ancient mosaics. I attended some workshops and learned mosaic skills from recognized mosaic artists. After several years of experience in the mosaic I founded my own studio in which I work on my creations and teach mosaic.”
I combine traditional and contemporary techniques in order to diversify my mosaics. I use basics materials like marble, glass, grès, granite, but also minerals, gold, mirror and recently, resin.
I get inspired by what surrounds me; nature, streets, people, space, planets, the universe in general. I like to mix materials and colors in my artwork to create my own version, my own vision and to express my feeling of the moment. I like the idea to capture a moment and materialize it for thousands of years!
The “French creation” mosaic exhibition opens on June 28 and runs through October 4, 2020.
The information for the article was provided by Maison de la Mosaïque contemporaine and artists participated.