Sonia King is an American mosaic artist. She creates original, contemporary mosaic pieces for galleries, home and architectural settings. Sonia was first introduced to mosaic when she was a child as her mother worked with mosaic. Her interest is the colour, texture and how the art has stayed relatively constant. Sonia has gained a BFA from the California college of arts and an MBA from southern Methodist university. She is currently working on an interpretation of the ancient mosaic art.
“I create art to give tangible shape and form to the unknowable, creating a map to places I’ll never find again. There isn’t a destination: the process is the objective.” The inspiration for her mosaics stems from places she’s been. Her work is like a map she makes to make sense of a confusing world. Sonia’s aim is to show the world from a different perspective and to get people to see things in a new way. She wants people to study her mosaics, make them think, “is this a slide under a microscope or a picture taken from outer space?”
Sonia works with natural materials such as; marbles, glass, minerals, shells, recycled materials and found objects. Her design process is intuitive. She is driven by the desire to create. The ideas/techniques she has may take a year to develop or come in an instant. She does not work with an end product in mind. Sonia’s way of working is purely experimental. She creates all pieces by hand using tools such as; hammers, nippers and cutters. She feels she must have a physical connection with the artistic process, if she has not shaped the art with her hands it does not feel right. Sonia must control every variable within her work.
The Mayan culture were avid astronomers. They believed the gods would communicate their actions through the stars and planets. Many of their buildings were built with this in mind. To the Mayans, the sun, moon and planets were Gods. As these moved around the sky, the Mayans believed this to be the Gods moving the Earth and the underworld. The Mayans actions were highly influenced by the placement of the Gods in the Sky.
The story of the Mayan Gods is long and complex. The Mayan Sun God is named Kinich Ahau. He was one of the most powerful Gods who would transform into a jaguar at night to travel between Earth and the underworld (Xibalba).
The Mayan Moon Goddess is called Ix Chel. She was a powerful Goddess who battled with the sun to make him descend every night. Ix Chel was seen as a maiden or a rabbit and was the patroness of childbirth and fertility.
The Mayan culture was famous for it's art. The Mayans constructed sculptures and temples. They would depict their rulers, deities and mythological creatures. These were often dressed in extravagant headdresses, jewellery and costumes. They would create these incredible sculptures using basic stone and wooden tools, clay, sandstone, limestone and wood. They have also been known to use gold, jade and obsidian.
Antoni Gaudi was a Spanish architect born in 1852. His work was influenced by the Catalan Modernista movement and progressed to incorporate a nature based organic style. Gaudi is well known for Park Güell, in Barcelona. During construction Gaudi changed the design completely to put his own artistic stamp on the park.