Kate Hanley Mosaics
About my Art
Kate’s work is experimental and not easily placed in one medium as she expands the definition
of “mosaics” and “mixed-media”. Her work provides a new way of seeing objects and challenges
the viewer to find new meaning in the work.
The use of 3D substrates allows for the exploration of shape and flow through the
application of a variety of tiles, glass, metals, and other elements that blend or explode
the meaning of the object.
Kate does not develop a design and then copy it onto the structure. She begins with
an overall theme and then chooses a focal area from which the design flows and changes.
The approach may be playful or serious but is always meant to relay a story created by
the inclusion of color, design, and handpicked components. The challenge is finding the
tesserae that elevates the structure to new levels of narrative.
In Kate’s work with animal skulls the challenge of creating a design that honors the animal’s spirit and demonstrates
the elegance and power that were part of their living persona energizes each piece. Integrating nontraditional elements
into the design allows for the creation of a unique voice for the animal that is at the heart of the piece.
Taking more than 150 hours for a large skull, the intricacies of placing one bead at a time
becomes a moving meditation. The uniqueness of each animal is expressed through color,
movement, and design which may be symmetrical in one area and more abstract in another.
Elements can range from stained glass, ceramics and smalti to elements that blend
with the piece such as beads, buttons, shells, vintage jewelry, and other decorative objects.