Features Mosaics by Anne Oshman
Teaneck, NJ (April 19, 2005)—Montclair mosaic artist, Anne Oshman, is exhibiting her large-scale mosaics at the Edward Williams Gallery on the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University from May 2 until June 3, 2005.
The mosaics in the show are portraits of a sort, and though the figures are anonymous, they express a great deal about both the relationships of the people within the mosaic and the artist’s point of view. Commenting on her work, Ms. Oshman said, “My mosaics explore 21st century preoccupations such as bikini bottoms, mother-daughter relationships, a man‘s fascination with his car, as well as people just ‘hanging out.’ My use of an ancient medium does not constrain my views of contemporary life.”
Her work often evolves from photographs – both her own and those found in newspaper and magazine ads. “My work is about documenting or capturing snapshots of humanity. I am specifically drawn to doing pictorial mosaics, because it’s the story that is interesting - I’m always looking at figures and their relationships. My aim is to immortalize the everyday.”
In creating her large mosaics, Ms. Oshman usually works with micro mosaic glazed tiles – approximately 3/8 of an inch square with anything smaller being cut from that size. “These afford me a fabulous color range, immense subtlety and thus the ability to create depth through shading,” said Ms. Oshman. Ms. Oshman studied mosaic arts formally at the Unicorn Mosaic Studio in New York City and she is a member of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists).
The Gallery in Edward Williams Hall at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus is located at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack. The Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 201-692-2449.