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Norma Vondee

Artists Statement


I make mosaics and mosaic sculpture for exhibition and to commission for public, corporate and private spaces. Mosaic is a visually potent and emotive medium, grounded in architecture yet spanning every other aspect of visual presentation; oil painting, glass, ceramic, stone, graphics and today’s obsession with the manipulation of light. There are recurring themes in my work: the human figure, skyscapes, architecture, technology, water and ancient mosaic iconography. With the observation, analysis and distillation of these I seek to make fresh, enduring images that truthfully portray aspects of modern life.

Much of the work is very manual, slow and measured. The ideas are dynamic, the observer tunes in by visually piecing together the image, so there is a strong interactive element in looking at mosaics, which is endearing. The play of constantly changing light, especially in an outdoor piece, on the reflective and refractive surfaces of the coloured gazes create more visual stimulus and echoes of time and place.

My interest in Public Art has also allowed me to share this joyous process with many others. First in my initial career as an Art Teacher, then as Artist in residence in a whole range of schools over the past ten years, a sampling of which is listed in my C.V., then at lectures and cultural events which have included: The British Museum, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, The Tower of London and my own course- The London Mosaic Weekend, which has allowed me to train and influence many cultural organizations, artists and the general public. I feel especially privileged to have been able to show my work in so many books.

I am deeply committed to Public Art because of the way it has nurtured, sustained and moved me as an observer in the past and because of my desire to provide specific people and places with objects of cultural significance, enriching lives regardless of status or income and providing a true sense of ownership.




QUALIFICATIONS

Masters Degree in Art in Architecture; University of East London, September 1998
Postgraduate Certificate of Education; Roehampton Institute of Higher Education, July 1978
B.A .Hons. Industrial Design (Furniture and Ceramics); Ravensbourne, July 1975
Foundation Course in Art and Design: Somerset College of Art and Design July 1972

COMMISIONS AND EXHIBITIONS

2004 Consultancy, Creativity Training Project, Disney, Paris & London
2004 Owl Sculpture, Disraeli School, High Wycombe
2003/04 Major Sculpture Commission Odyssey, Redrow Homes, London Docklands
2003 Mia Riga, Gloucester Rd, London Italiante Floor
2003 Saville Gardens, Windsor, group show: Art~Outside
2003, 2002 London Open House , Participating Domestic Interiors
2003 Curated and participated in Group Exhibition, 2002 Solo Exhibition, City Airport
2002 Reflections, celebrating Black History Month, Southborough Primary, Petts Wood
2002 Mosaic Panel, short listed, London city Airport Arts Competition
2002 Commemorative Mosaic sculpture, Mapledown School
2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 Hidden Art Exhibition, Mile End Arts Pavilion
2000 -02 All on the Wharf: New Sculptures and Landscapes, Trinity Buoy Wharf , Docklands
2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, Tower of London, Archaeology Weekend, Mosaic Sculptures.
2002, 2001, 1999 Hermitage School, A in R, Mosaic sign, Byzantine, Thames & Roman Toilets.
2001 Mapledown, St. Ignatius and Crusoe House Schools, Artist in residence, Public Mosaics
2001 Mountjoy Special School, artist in residence, Mathematics Entrance Arch.
2001 Mosaic Mirrors, Utility Design Company
2001 Book: The Art of Mosaic major featured artist
2000, Artist in residence Bishop Challoner High School, Mosaic Standing Stones/Landscape & Snakes and ladders pavement.
1999 Consarc Design Architects: Kensington Gardens Submission; Community Artist, Shadwell DLR Station; Consultancy
1999, 1998 The Walcot Square Gallery Exhibition, 4 Sides to the Square
2003,1999 Colville School, Notting Hill for Public Mosaic, Garden walls
1998 Arts Council Award, Medical Foundation Fountain
1998 The K Bar, Soho Meandering Floor
1998 Fitches’ Ark, ‘Sea Show’ Exhibition
1998 The Hall School, Swiss Cottage, Noah’s Ark Mosaic Mural
1998, 1997, The Oxo Tower Wharf, Cloud Windows Exhibition
1998 The Heron Gallery, University of East London, Masters Degree Show
1997 The Environment Agency, Standing Stones, Mosaics in Granite, Lee Valley Park
1997 The Imagination Gallery, London, TECHNOPHOBIA Exhibition
1997 The Space Gallery Exhibition, Isle of Dogs
1996 Bishop Thomas Grant School, London, Artist in Residence, Rousseau Mosaic Mural
1996 Vic Naylors Exhibition, St. John St., Farringdon, Exhibited
1995 Dioceses of Manchester, Baptismal Font
1995 Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping curated & exhibited in ‘Mosaics 1995’ Exhibition
1994 East Sussex Health Authority, Health Centre Mosaic Floor
1994 John Moseley Architects, Mosaic Rope Entrance
1993 Westminster Council Youth Service, Three Mosaic Panels, Publicity Literature
1993 City University, Dept. of Psychology, Entrance Mirror
Collections in London, Ireland, Mexico, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Japan.

EXPERIENCE , TRAINING, INITIATIVES

Trinity Buoy Wharf Studio 2000-2003; here I am producing large scale Mosaic Sculpture to commission
University of East London 1999, Course assistant to MA Art in Architecture
Whitechapel Art Gallery SWAP Project, participant teacher, I also was appointed to lead the Teachers inset training session for the Gary Hulme Exhibition.
The London Mosaic Weekend 2001-2003; founded in 1997 with E.De’Ath, a monthly, creatively biased workshop, attracting clients internationally.
The Prince of Wales Drawing Studio, Clerkenwell; Life Drawing classes in support of recent sculpture.2000-2001.This is the most recent venue for a drawing practice spanning twenty-five years.
British Museum 1997; Initiated and developed a series of events with the Education Department promoting the understanding of Mosaics through practical experience
Mosaic Summer Schools; Student under Elaine M. Goodwin 1989-1991, then managed and developed the summer schools from 1993-1996. I publicised, found venues (e.g. the Whitechapel Art Gallery), took fiscal responsibility, and co-tutored.
Education 1978- 1992 I was an Inner London Art Teacher in secondary schools and other educational institutions in a number of roles: e.g. I was Head of Ceramics at Walworth School 1984-88.


MEDIA INVOLEMENT

Kensington and Chelsea News,1999 & Times 2000: featured in articles
The Wharf Newspapr, Canary Wharf, Jan., 1999
Quarto, Quintet and Lark Publishers, Various Mosaic Books, featured 1998-2000
Guardian Feature, Oct. 23, 1997
Anness Publications, Book Projects: 1996, 1998, 2000 and the most recent,‘The Art of Mosaic’, 2001
BBC 2 ‘Homefront’ researched and featured 1996
Sky TV ‘Our Home’ Mosaic Consultant & Presenter 2004 , ‘Craftworks’ 1995


INTERESTS

Architecture, Ceramics, Archaeology, Travel, Cycling, Sailing, Pilates
Family; 12 year old son, divorced with close and supportative network of family and friends. I am an active member of my community; Housing Association Representative, School Governor.