Texas Artist Julie Richey Wins Best 3-D
Award at Mosaic Arts International
9 March 2011
Texas artist Julie Richey has received Best 3-D Mosaic honors from
the 2011 Mosaic Arts International, an annual international juried
exhibition of contemporary mosaic art.
Richey’s figurative dress sculpture in marble, glass smalti
and seashells is entitled La Corrente (The Current). “La
Corrente is about beauty amidst destruction,” says Richey.
“It was created during the Gulf oil spill and it alludes to
the many destructive forces, both man-made and natural, that creep
in with the current.”
Richey describes her work as “utilizing the innate opulence
of mosaic materials – 24k gold smalti, marble, semi-precious
stones, iridescent glass and minerals – to embellish sculptural
forms in unexpected ways.”
Three jurors from the US and Australia selected Richey’s work
from among more than 300 international entries. Juror JeanAnn Dabb,
Professor of Art History, University of Mary Washington commented
on Richey's work, "One is struck by unexpected juxtapositions
in Julie Richey’s three-dimensional works. La Corrente is
an elegant sculpture expertly executed in traditionally durable
mosaic materials with imagery that comments on the fragile ecosystem
of the Gulf of Mexico. Richey’s recent sculptures have clothing
or dress forms as shared structures and the environments referenced
in their individual subjects range from the rural to the urban;
all linked by the actions of humans and the forces of nature."
Richey has worked in the mosaic medium for more than 20 years,
creating custom residential and commercial mosaics. She has earned
international recognition for several recent projects, including
the 2009 Orsoni Prize for Night Shirt, a wall relief mosaic depicting
San Francisco Bay at midnight. In October 2011 Richey will be leading
a Mosaic Masterpiece Tour to Rome and the Vatican Micromosaic Workshop,
Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden in Tuscany and the International
Mosaic Festival in Ravenna.
Richey's work can be viewed at http://www.juliericheymosaics.com.