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Since 2006 I have been using pieces of colorful ceramics rather than
paint and brushes. I produce the mosaic pieces myself painting over used
or new pieces of clay and firing them, and then breaking them into pieces.
In an infinite universe, our finite existence is composed of an endless
number of fragments. By joining these fragments together, they make the
transition from formlessness to form and back again. Each fragment is
selected out of thousands of mosaic pieces that I prepare in advance
gathering, cutting, breaking, kiln firing, painting them and then finds its
place in the complete work. It is a healing process of repair. Placing the
varied tiny fragments, shifting and reorganizing them, it seems as if a
formless, unbounded spirit of infinite space translates itself into small
shapes, which then combine together to produce a larger shape, resulting
Despite the lengthy process of repair, traces of the former shattering
are still evident in the whole. These traces are evidence of the material's
past life, and having made their mark they have turned it into something new.
I allow each piece to find its place, and putting it at rest makes my mind
In my work a transformation occurs from spiritual formlessness to a
shaped, colorful material and vice versa: from earthly matter such as stone,
glass or china to the subtlest experience of formlessness. An experience
beyond words or shape: the experience of touching on something whole.
יעל בלומברגר - אמנית פסיפס
Yael Blumberger - Mosaic artist