THIRD INTERNATIONAL MOSAIC SYMPOSIUM IN PLOAGHE/ SARDINIA
In August 2018 I was allowed to participate in the third international mosaic symposium in Ploaghe-Sardinia. At the invitation of Maestro Giulio Menossi – the artistic director of the symposium from Udine.
It became an unforgettable experience. Nine female mosaic artists, from seven different countries, gave the best of themselves.
Participants alongside myself were: Julie Edmunds (London), Kim Emerson (USA), Stefania Giacomuzzi (Venezuela), Caitlin Hughes (Australia), Neriman Güzel (Turkey), Mireille Swinnen (Belgium), Kina Bogdanova (Bulgaria) and Gila Rayberg (USA).
The imposed theme was: “TEXTURES, WARPS, PATHS – FRAGMENTS OF COLORS FROM THE EARTH”. Ideas were exchanged, support was given where necessary, a lot of hard work was done (the mosaic had to be ready in 10 days), but a lot of fun was also made. During the 18 days that we were there, a close group and many new friendships emerged … or how mosaic can bring people closer together.
My work was entitled ‘A walk through Sardinia’. The oblique lines represent the path that ascends the mountain. I have used various materials in this work that you will encounter a lot in Sardinia. In the first layer that is mainly cork, while in the second layer I have emphasized the ‘Nuraghe’ – these are the remains of a very old settlement you find in Sardinia. In the third layer I used fabric with a typical Sardinian pattern and the fourth layer shows sheep wool (after all there are more sheep than people in Sardinia). The fifth layer finally refers to the pink beach and a hint of blue which refers to the steel blue sky and the sea that surrounds this beautiful island. Between the fourth and fifth layers we see the contours of a mountain that you can see from the village of Ploaghe where we stayed.
This annual event is organized by a group of local people under the name ‘Sardinia Contemporary Mosaic & Art’. It is a group of very enthusiastic people who have cared for and looked after us incredibly well. So thank you for everything to Antonia, Fabiano, Antioco, Elisa, Gerolamo and everyone who helped make this symposium possible. It was a great honor for me to be part of this wonderful experience that takes place every year during the traditional annual festival in Ploaghe called “Ferroagosto”, a tradition that has been around for 500 years.
An experience I will never forget and I think back to with a warm heart.
Grazie mille a tutti!