Invisible Flowers

My mosaics are created on plaster jackets used to transport fossils from the field to the musemu prep lab. I use broken pottery, prairie glass and other cast offs in the creation of the mosaics. They are truly a “green” creation as they are made from totally recycled materials. My creations keep paleontology cast offs and broken pottery out of the landfill. Oddly enough, some of the materials in my artwork are scavenged from old dumps or trash middens on the prairie near Laramie, Wyoming.

Invisible Flowers
21 x 9 x 5"

Invisible Flowers is composed of mostly-clear glass shards discarded in the prairie.  Aptly named, it was created from the field jacket of this yet-unidentified dinosaur bone held at the Casper College Tate Geological Museum.  What is known about this mysterious bone is that it was found in the Cretaceous Formation near present-day Lance Creek, WY of Niobrara County.  During the Cretaceous, 140 to 65 million years ago, flowering plants first evolved and the American continents began to take recognizable form.

    Special thanks to: J-P Cavigelli, Tate Geological Museum, Casper College; Wikipedia

Invisible Flowers
is created from "prairie glass".
Prairie glass is my own term for broken glass I find while while walking along the prairies. Similar to sea glass found on the beach, but in the free flowing, land locked state of Wyoming. The glass on this mosaic is from broken vintage cups, bowls, jars and plates I salvaged from an old dump site on Mother's Day with my mom. Taught by a pro from an early age, I've been a scavanger of broken and discarded objects glittering in the sun. Included in this sculpture are some pieces of glass I found while digging in the garden. Some have a rainbow sheen to them. Hidden in plain sight are 3 flowers formed in glass. One is a partial flower, more of a cone flower shape.

mosaic tile
figurative and mixed
media sculpture
pit firing dinosaur


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