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about Irina Charny

As a child growing up in Russia, even before she knew they were called mosaics, Irina Charny created collages from pieces of broken glass found in the street, rocks, paper, seashells, and bits of crockery. Through the years she tried various media for artistic expression but have now returned to her origin: mosaics.

This medium gives her a chance to explore color, shape, and texture, to experiment with different materials, and satisfy the passion to integrate unrelated small bits into a single work of art.

Irina is a self-taught mosaicist. While she’s inspired by the rich history of the medium, she strives to build a unique and personal art form on the base of classical mosaic. In addition to traditional mosaic tesserae, she incorporates unusual materials in her work — mirror, pebbles, found objects, beads, buttons, wire, handmade ceramic pieces, and broken plates.

She never return home empty handed from a walk on the beach or a trip. Beach glass, pebbles from a path on Hampstead Heath, broken glass from a studio in Seattle, a bit of bone found on the shore are special little bits that are inserted into each mosaic to give it a special, personal meaning.

www.icmosaics.com

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