I made these Emblems between 2006-2008. Pointing to an original meaning of ‘emblem’ as inlaid, mosaic work, these small pieces feature hand-cut vitreous glass and inlays of recycled vintage china and ceramics within the grout elements. Emblems served as color studies, letting me explore vibrant colors combinations in stark contrast with the matte charcoal gray grout background. The graphic compositions were drawn from a larger work, Trace, to create open-ended pieces that point to something beyond themselves. Based on a biological/cellular visual referent, Trace considers the continual change and movement in our daily lived experience.
I love the simplicity and playfulness of these pieces. Hanging them in sets seems to extend the energy of the individual pieces.