liz tiranti

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After over twenty years working as a mosaicist Liz embarked on a master’s degree to consider challenging the conventional mosaic practices she had honed.  Subsequently the guiding principle of her making became how to translate fragment to form. She says ‘after all mosaic originated in roman construction techniques, it did not begin as merely decoration’


Using mudlarked finds from London’s  River Thames she has created an innovative aesthetic underpinned by an independence of colour. Fragments of glass, ceramic and marble with their own story to tell are reappropriated as mosaicists tesserae to define the shape, narrative and texture of art work that traverses both wall and floor


The mudlarked fragments are used as, within or to inform the shape of the artwork. Mortar is visually important rather than the overlooked component of a traditionally constructed mosaic. While the interstices - the spaces considered between the tesserae become the negative space which allows the ambiguity of fragments to become forms in themselves 


Liz says she is keen to strike a balance between the intuitive, the conceptual and the aesthetic. Here lies the importance of colour which has always been central to her work. She uses colour to honour the mudlarked fragments as treasures while also celebrating the tradition of colour juxtaposition and luminosity in ancient mosaic art traditions


Inspired by other artists who combine traditional and contemporary materials and techniques to deliver their ideas, Liz hopes to stimulate conversations about the mosaic making process and to contribute to its position as both a craft and a fine artform

Discover more about Liz's work in her own words