Mosaic Symposia, 2015 and 2017
The first International Symposium of Mosaic, organized by the cultural association Clauiano Mosaics & More, was held in Udine, Italy at the studio of Giulio Menossi and in Clauiano, Italy. Area furniture manufacturers sponsored each artist by providing a "blank" chair which the artists embellished, creating new works of mosaic in just 11 days. The exhibition in Clauiano was part of a weekend "Musivarium Festival" featuring performances, presentations, food, music, dance and local crafts. Eleven mosaic artists from around the world were invited: Marianne Minuzzi (France), Mia Tavonatti (USA), Olga Goulandris (Greece), Rosemarie Castro (Brazil), Suzanne Spahi (Canada), Vanessa Rivera (Puerto Rico), Angela Zimek (Austria), Irina Kuchmenko (Russia), Julie Richey (USA), Liliana Waisman (Argentina), and Lillian Sizemore (USA/England).
My chair design was entitled, "Alluvium" and reflected the terrain of Friuli, from the Dolomites to the Venetian lagoon. The rich landscape of Friuli Venezia Giulia supports not only a thriving furniture-making industry (our sponsors were area chair manufacturers), but also some of the finest white wines produced in Italy. Details include a micro-reproduction of a mosaic detail that can be found on the floor of the basilica of Aquileia, the ancient Roman port town and UNESCO World Heritage site.