by AGJA Member, Bonnie Cohen
reprinted from her website with artist permission
Here are a few of the questions I ask myself when I begin a project: What is the theme and message? How will it enhance the site? Who will see this artwork? What is the color palette? What textures, glazes and glass tiles will work best? etc. etc. The question I rarely ask myself, but probably should, is “how long will it take?”
To celebrate completing my newest project, I invited a group of friends to a studio open house for a look at the artwork before it travels to its final destination in Clearwater Florida. Everyone always asks me “How long did it take you to make that?”
After 15 years of doing large mosaic installations, I know the true answer to this question is not measured in months or days.
The answer is "it takes a lifetime.”
It takes a lifetime to figure out the right questions to ask yourself, and it’s an ongoing learning process.
Making a large mosaic installation for a public space is a long and tedious process but it’s not unlike any other profession. It takes an idea and a vision and a lot of work. There are endless details to consider and most importantly, a successful project always includes really, talented, competent people.
Watch Bonnie's video of her creative process and a "behind the scenes" look at what goes on in her studio and explains her working process...