Mosaic Project Part Two
Continued from last week...
I decided to use this mosaic piece as part of my application to Ojai Studio Artists (OSA), which is risky business as I had no idea if it would work, but the board members who came for a studio visit concurred that I should bring work that represents where I'm going.
(I didn't mention that I have no idea where I am going right now!)
They asked that I find a way to mount the mosaic with the laser-cut clay stamp and the original illustration, to show the process. I thought this was a great idea, and I came up with a plan to present it as a triptych.
I decided to make a back piece with my website engraved in it and a top frame to hold in the mortar. I wanted all three pieces to look the same, so I cut frames for those as well.
I cut the quarter-inch ACX plywood at 135 speed / full power / three passes and engraved at full speed / full power. There was a good deal of charring, so a greta deal of sanding was in order.
I measured out the total thickness of the layers and ordered three-quarter inch Chicago screws to fasten the pieces together. While assembling the other pieces of the triptych and adding hardware for framing, I accidentally broke through the back piece with nails, so I had to adjust the design.
I collaged my illustrated eye with the anatomical drawing and had it printed at the Ojai Business Center. I cut a piece of Proofgrade Medium Clear Acrylic to use as the glass. I assembled the clay stamps using the eye to cover up the nails using some double stick mounting squares so I can use the clay stamps in the future. It was looking good!
I used tile glue to attach the ceramic pieces to the hardie board and taped off the front and back. I used a dark grey, sanded grout mixed with an additive recommended by one of the OSA artists. I mixed the grout and let it sit for ten minutes, then poured it on, waited another forty-five minutes, and wiped off the excess grout from the clay. I liked the way it was filling in the veins and the features of Virgil's face, so I didn't sponge too much. It cured well without cracking. The triptych is done!