Winter Flower

My creations are about recycling. I create these Dinosaur Mosaics on plaster jackets that were used to transport fossils safely from the field, back to a lab. The pottery was all broken or chipped, no new materials were used but glue and grout. By bringing science cast offs and broken pottery together into mosaics, the end product is my artwork, intended to create beauty from no longer wanted, broken or otherwise un-useful objects.

Winter Flower
26 x 23 x 3"

Winter Flower was created from the field jacket of this Aspideretes soft shell turtle found in Sweetwater County, WY in the Green River Formation.  The Green River Formation represents a variety of landlocked lake sediments such as sandstones, mudstones, siltstones and shales deposited from surrounding mountain ranges during the Eocene epoch sometime between 56 and 34 million years ago.  During this time, the current Red Desert of central and southern Wyoming was much warmer.  In fact, during much of this time temperate forests were found at the earth’s polar regions.  This epoch represents the emergence of the first modern mammals. Reptiles, like this soft shell turtle, were also common.

Special thanks to: J-P Cavigelli, Tate Geological Museum, Casper College; Wikipedia
Ahhh....Winter Flower
Created from broken pottery of mine, as well as a few shards from other people.
Living in Laramie, Wyoming, I am privy to many months of winter and therefore, dormant plants.
This Dinosuar Mosaic worked it's way into being one summer while I was hot and dreaming of snow.... Being a Wyomingite, I don't like hot weather and so when I garden, I winter garden. I try and create a landscape that will be pleasing to the eye during our sometimes seemingly endless winter. A light dusting of snow, a wind blown drift on top of dormant plants, or even just interesting seed heads make their way into this sculpture in one form or another.

mosaic tile
figurative and mixed
media sculpture
pit firing dinosaur

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