Janet Crawford has owned and operated Fog Forest Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada since 1984.
The gallery’s current exhibit is called “Piece Works” and has been in the making for several years.
As the name implies, the exhibit features works of art that were created by assembling small pieces, and the exhibit itself is an assemblage of multiple artists and mediums, and so the title of the show is apt on multiple levels.
The mediums include collage, found-object sculpture, rug hooking, mixed media, and of course mosaic.
There are 12 artists in total including mosaicists Kath Kornelsen Rutherford, Tim Isaac, Sheryl Crowley, and Janet Crawford.
I think Janet did a great job curating the exhibit because the mosaics selected show a range of styles possible in that medium.
This article doesn’t include any images of the sculptures, rugs, and mixed-media artwork in the show, and so make sure you take a look at the gallery exhibition.
Kath Kornelsen Rutherford
There is a lot to learn from making and studying abstract art even if your end goal is creating figurative images.
Kath Kornelsen Rutherford’s mosaics demonstrate that point quite well, especially “Shiny Things” which was used as the featured image for this article.
Like Kath’s other mosaics, “Shiny Things” combines abstract and figurative elements to produce an image that is sophisticated and engaging.
When Kath uses found objects, they are incorporated into the image seamlessly.
She really does a good job exploiting the range of the styles possible in mosaic.
Tim Isaac’s pieces are abstract bas-relief mosaic sculptures made from fired ceramic and found objects such as sea shells and stones.
Tim Isaac’s work is very much about texture.
Sheryl Crowley’s mosaics range between a stained glass style where a single piece of glass is cut to the shape of an entire element to a conventional mosaic style where shapes and elements are built up from small pieces.
To me, Janet’s mosaics look like interesting hybrids of the style I think of as the “abstract geologic strata” popularized by Sonia King and the style of more conventional figurative mosaic.
The mosaic below appears to have been inspire by the Northern Lights.