CYNTHIA FISHER, BIO and ARTIST STATEMENT, ABSTRACTS
I have been a professional artist for more than twenty five years with a focus on mosaics since 2000. At Big Bang Mosaics I create installations in public, residential, and corporate settings nationwide. My diverse body of work ranges from illustrative to painterly to non-representational. Recent abstract mosaics have received prestigious national and international awards, including the Juror's Choice Award at the Mosaic Arts International show at the Women's Museum in San Diego, Ca in 2016. I conduct numerous school and community projects, including 5 in Guatemala and teach in my studio and at several renowned art and craft centers across the country. MOSAICS are my world, and I am always happy to share my passion for this medium.
When I first began making mosaics close to twenty years ago, I knew I had found the art form that best relates to my artistic sensibilities. Several years later I took this one step further in identifying my true passion, working abstractly.
I begin with lots of pondering on what I want to create, why, and how will I do so with material choices and andamento. Inherent to the mosaic art form, andamento refers to the visual flow and direction produced by the placement of rows of tile pieces, or tesserae. These building blocks of the medium are just that - mostly blocky rectilinear shapes that I, the mosaic artist must bring to life by both the shapes I choose as well as how I position them. Curves can be plentiful, but they are made with straight edged bits aligned to form a curve rather than being the piece itself. The physicality of the medium is another attribute I respond to. I like holding my art form - pieces are added and subtracted, often in a trial and error method, which I like to compare to a musician playing various riffs and combinations until something begins to click. And finally, the finite color palette: I can’t create my colors the way a painter does, and this limitation often forces me to be more creative as a result.
My abstract mosaics stem from reflections on a variety of themes, the natural world and science and math concepts being favorites. The best part of the process is when preparation is complete, the mosaic pieces are in hand and I begin to work intuitively, viscerally responding to the materials and how they come together.