Austin, Texas artist Lynn Bridge says she got inspired to create mosaic plates “one day when I was eating lunch, and was thinking about which cultures would think my food was inedible. Not everyone thinks a peanut butter sandwich is acceptable food! I immediately went into my studio and made a mosaic plate suggestive of food that North Americans would not generally consider edible. After that, I could not stop thinking about food and its effects on our taste, our associations and our self-image. Subsequent mosaic plates have been comments on these thoughts, or they have been metaphors for other aspects of life.”
I’ll take Lynn’s word for it that her plates have deep, inner meanings. But to me, they’re just plain delightful to look at. Creative as all get out. And so real, in fact, that they even seem edible.
When Houston, Texas hosts the American Mosaic Summit from April 30—May 4, Lynn Bridge will be one of 500 international artists attending. Texas mosaicists are putting out their finery, and showing their newest decorative and fine art mosaic works at 18 Hands Gallery, in an exhibition that opens today, April 17, and runs through May 4.
Look for Lynn Bridge and her mosaic plates at the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 26, from 6-9 pm, at 18 Hands Gallery, Houston. You’ll recognize her from her mosaic Self-Portrait in an Eccentric Mood.
Here’s Lynn’s online gallery to enjoy: Lynn Bridge at Glencliff Art Studio ♣
Which is your favorite mosaic plate? Or did you actually think these were edible?