Listening to Raven Exhibit 1/1 - 2/26/23 Beth Shalom Temple Center Green Valley, AZ
Water in the desert mosaic~
Glass and stone comprise the water flowing over and down an adobe garden wall on a large property in Tucson, AZ. The client initially asked for a painted waterfall, but when I saw the space, I proposed this.
Fluorite rocks and glittering Italian tranparenti glass cemented to the wall are continued into the slate rock stream to catch teh changing light in this secluded garden wall.
I chose a glass palette of champagne, lichen, sea foam and sky blues shadowed by purple wine grapes, layered and mixed with fluorite rocks and foil-backed glass highlights.
Raven Brings the Light mosaic, designed and fabricated by Beth Surdut.
Size: 50" x 105"
private residence, Los Alamos, NM
In creation stories, the world was in darkness before Raven stole the source from either an animal or human, depending on the tale, then hung the moon and stars and sun in the sky.
Raven primarliy consists of tiny square glass Turkish tiles placed striated- side up to catch the light. Wings and tail are Italian glass transparenti. I cut and ground the claw forms, using a blown glass with gold in it to form the eye.
Raven Brings the Light-- mosaic moon detail-- moon glass is backed with copper, silver, and gold. The sky is primarily rectangular Italian transparenti in multiple shades of blue and purple with foiled highlights to form starlight over mountains of square Italian glass tiles and natural flurorite rocks in pale green and yellow.
Bamboo Forest Mural covers the walls and pillars of an outdoor room that has one wall open to the elements. The pre-existing floor is a Zen garden with boulders and a bamboo ladder. Venice, FL