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Mosaics show is inspired by nature
THE fateful voyage of the Titanic, British birds and the patterns and shapes created by reflected light and colour on the water of canals and rivers are among the diverse subjects in a new exhibition.
Dorset mosaicist Robert Field will present A World in Fragments at Salisbury Museum next month, with work based heavily on the natural world, often using his own photography as a starting point.
Frost patterns, birds, the four elements, aerial photography and Art Deco have all provided the starting point for other mosaics in the exhibition.
One section of the exhibition will be devoted to re-creations and copies of Roman mosaics. The largest of these is a copy of the Orpheus mosaic found in 1837 in a villa at Newton St Loe, near Bristol, when the Great Western Railway was being constructed.
Field said: “I feel utterly compelled to create mosaics, and it was my intense interest in Roman mosaics that caused me, as an artist, to switch from paint to mosaic as my creative medium.”
The exhibition opens on February 2 and runs until May 11.
* CHILDREN who would like to learn more about mosaics can take part in two sessions being run over the February half-term holiday.
Discover Mosaics with artist Joanna Dewfall will give youngsters the chance to help create a new mosaic to go on display, inspired by objects from the museum’s collection The event will be run at the museum from 10am to 4pm on February 12 and workshops will also be held at Bemerton Community Centre on February 13 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
* More information at salisburymuseum.org.uk or on 01722 332151.