Mosaic artist Francine Gourguechon presents a fascinating collection of mixed media sculptural figures. See more of her portfolio on her website.
I attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have been in the arts in one sense or another for most of my life. I worked in the photo/film business as an art director and set designer that supported my daughter and myself through the school years. We were lucky.
At the Art Institute, I studied drawing, painting and sculpture. While traveling through Europe and North Africa, I became fascinated with mosaic art.
I am self-taught, so I just started working in that medium and caught the mosaic bug. Now I concentrate on taking mosaics to a fine art level. I’ve created commissioned installations in private homes and commercial spaces as well as creating sculptural body art mosaics.
I have always liked working with my hands and collecting small objects like stones, glass eyes, seashells, bullet casings and bits of glass and ceramics. These things are used in my mosaics, pieced together to create some sort of larger artistic object.
I discovered working with art glass and was seduced by the luminosity, color choices and the actual making of glass. After visiting several glass foundries, I understand the material in a deeper way.
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My interest in indigenous people and their body decoration led me to create what I refer to as “The Tribe.” This is a series of three-dimensional sculptural forms and bas-relief wall hanging pieces.
The human body as art and body decoration appears in every culture, used to symbolize seduction, ritual, social standing or threat.
I’ve created a tribe of mosaicked sculptures by encrusting human forms with art glass and small objects that I have collected. Each one has an intriguing presence.
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