Glass, smalti, mirror, gems, glass beads, nuts | 24" x 36"
Halakon simply means 'circles' in Hindi. It is meant to show a stylized idea of microbes within quartz crystals. It has bright, vivid pops of color with reflective mirror to symbolize the extraordinary endeavor of life. This mosaic uses a variety of materials to create texture, depth and interest.
Creation of Halakon Mosaic
In my personal artwork, I've been working for so long with bright colors and iridescents contrasted with flat, neutral tones. I wanted to make artwork that was all bright but still popped with color. I was also influenced when working with a school group re-creating gem stepping stones from microphotographs. With this piece I used bright colors and mirrors and contrasted them with a lapiz lazuli blue. This vitreous glass has ripples of gold and bits of turquoise floating through it, which is amplified with the bright turquoise circles. I used nuts and beads for texture within the circles because I love their effect. I used jagged mirror shapes around the largest circle, again because I love the effect, but also to show the sharp edges of some types of microbes. I don't enjoy the process of trying to name my artworks, so I decided with this series I would chose simple names and translate them to Hindi, because the first few pieces have a color palette familiar from Hindu art.