Meet the very talented group of young, European mosaic artists known as “Mosaïzm.”
While words ending in “ism” refers to a belief system, a movement, a philosophical or moral doctrine, Mosaïzm refers to a way of life dominated by mosaic in all its different forms. For us, mosaic is a way to express ourselves, artistically and professionally.
Everything that we have seen of Mosaizm since then has been equally as articulate, intelligent, innovative, thoughtful and passionate. We are absolutely hooked on their creative energy, artistic excellence and committed solidarity.
Mosaïzm began as of a group of friends who graduated from the Scuola Mosaicist del Friuli in Italy between 2001 and 2006. The collective can be characterized as a very tight-knit, philosophically and artistically aligned cadre of professionals that – even with their strong individual artistic voices – have a startlingly cohesive vision of who they are and what they want to achieve. This excerpt from their book could easily be called their Manifesto:
We are part of a new generation of mosaicists that believe in the future of craft.We respect tradition yet strive to innovate. We want to challenge and confront the normal,the accepted and the expected. We want mosaic to travel, grow and be an art form in itself as well as an applied art.
Seven of the eight members of Mosaïzm are showing now through February 12th in at the Chapelle Saint-Èman Chartres, France in an exhibit organized by Association 3R.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the exhibit and briefly introduce each of the artists showing. If you are anywhere close to Chartres, go. If you can’t see these works in person, we highly recommend their book which is available for sale online.
All of these very fine mosaics are for sale. If you are interested in purchasing any of them, email this address at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will get back to you right away.
I harvest them (materials) from the ‘earth’s storehouse’, choose them carefully for their colour, their shape, their vein , their sheen. I orchestrate them in abstract compositions, creating vibrant surfaces with dancing textures.
Contemplation2009 121 x 104 cm Ceramic, stone
I want to transport my affection and curiosity towards biodiversity and its behavior, like a snap-shot of my time, my planet and the culture I am part of, like a snap-shot of life.
Being a mosaic artist nowadays and trying to life from one’s art is like swimming against the tide in this high-speed society.
. . . an ancient Roman floor pattern gave me the inspiration to create the basis for many of my recent pieces. It is a simple four-stone combination, dating to the 2nd century b.C. that I apply with as many colors and as many combinations as my brain can handle.
Being part of Mosaïzm means being able to work with different people in different countries on different projects in an atmosphere of joy, respect and friendship. Thanks to the ongoing process of mutual inspiration and the exchange of our personal experiences, I continue to grow and develop more and more towards becoming an all around mosaicist.
- To order Mosaïzm the book click here
- Exhibit information here
- Marie-Laure Besson
- Francien Jongsma
- Matko Kezele
- Melaine Lanoe
- Julian Modica
- Anna Rommel
- Ruth Minola Scheibler
- Mosaïzm’s eighth member, Andrea Besana