Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sonia King - "Mosaic is hard. Art is harder."

"Mosaic is hard. Art is harder." - Sonia King

Everyone who is anyone in the mosaic art world is familiar with the name, "Sonia King". This artist is, without a doubt, a primary driving force behind today’s contemporary mosaic art… a whirlwind as it were. Sonia teaches, writes books, gives lectures about mosaics worldwide and creates some of the most ambitious and compelling mosaics one will ever see.

Nebula Aqua
In her quests for visual expression through mosaic art, Sonia explores the beauty and physical relationships of the natural world. She travels the globe gathering the finest tesserae to use in her works…shells, smalti, gold, marble, ceramic and elements from nature that, when assembled, are highly inventive, original designs. However, her work also holds hints of familiarity in terms of visually expressing the feeling of place, of dimension and of interconnected relationships with the earth. Her work is visual poetry, art that effects its viewers both on a visceral level and a contextual one. Permafrost
As she flies around the world, Sonia is inspired by the appearance of the topographical features of the earth’s surface as her plane passes overhead. However, she does not necessarily model her works directly from these things.

Sonia’s art remind us of the capacity of an individual to alter the universe by modulating and unifying the outcome with countless individual pieces. These mosaics make manifest the physical presence of light and heighten the viewer’s visual perception when viewed at different angles. As they change with the light, Sonia’s mosaics give the appearance of art that participates with its environment, art that allows reflection and a connection with the natural world.

“Putting together the tangible and intangible, bits of color and texture, tesserae of meaning, I assemble each work one piece at a time, building a world to get lost or even found in. The work is difficult: a struggle to get every piece right while managing its relationship to the next piece and the one before, all the time considering the work as a whole. Creating with a broad range of materials raises the complexity beyond just cutting a piece to fit. Unlimited choices in scale and texture and reflectivity and spacing and more, keep my mind working on many different levels at the same time. It is engrossing and consuming and challenging and hard and I wouldn't do anything else.”
~Sonia King

Spinoff Spinoff detail

She has received many awards for her art including the Spectrum Award which signifies international recognition for 'creativity and achievement' from the tile industry. She has been featured in dozens of publications and on television. She holds a BFA in Environmental Design from the California College of Arts and a MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She was one of the founders of the American Society of Mosaic Artists and also served as its President. She currently serves as a Vice President of the Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei, (AIMC) in Italy. She has studios in Dallas and San Francisco and teaches internationally.
Meltdown Meltdown detail

Please visit Sonia’s web site, HERE to enjoy more information and photographs of her work. Interested parties can sign up for her occasional newsletter under the “news” heading on the site.


Brenda said...

As a mosaic artist myself, I can truly say that Sonia King is amazing and truly an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing information on her works.

Brenda Halverson
Defining Designs

Tom Bailey said...

These are great works. I like the blues I have considered having custom mosaic art put on the walls of my office.

You have great stuff here.


FRESCA said...

I know I'm late again, but I just had to chime in about the positive presence, creative contributions and gracious attitude Sonia brings to the world of mosaic. Through her unique and insightful approach to her art, and her willingness to share in so many ways, both big and small, she has been a wonderful influence and I am always happy to read more about her!

Stacy Alexander