mosaic

All That We Hold

2020

permanent installation, commissioned by the North York Women's Shelter

glass, ceramic, grout & Weldbond on Crezon board

3 feet x 2.5 feet

All That We Hold

Image Description: Wide oval shaped mosaic featuring an outstretch hand, palm up, in browns, pinks and oranges. Behind it is a big round yellow sun and large blue and white ocean waves. In the bottom right corner is a smaller circle, resembling a full moon. 

Photo by Wy Joung Kou

The Tiger

2020

funded and supported by the JRG Society for the Arts

glass, ceramic, stone, grout & Weldbond adhesive on plywood

2 feet x 4 feet

The Tiger

Image Description: Tall rectangular mosaic featuring a large orange tiger, roaring and emerging out from the grasses, trees and rocks. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Photo by Wy Joung Kou

Light, and Light, and Light, Glistening and Alive

2018

funded by the Ontario Arts Council

glass, ceramic, grout & Weldbond adhesive on plywood

2 feet x 2 feet

2 feet x 1 foot

2 feet x 2 feet

 

LLLGA 1
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LLLGA 2
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LLLGA 3
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Image Description: Series of three mosaics depicting 1) front side of a torso, from nipples down to just above the groin (square mosaic) 2) low back (smaller rectangular mosaic)  3) side profile from mid belly down to mid thigh (square mosaic). Mosaics feature an array of both warm and cold colours and have these colourful lines throughout, defining the contours, grooves, and curves of the body.

Photos by Yann Garcia

Hard Water / Soft Water

2018

created at the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency

with material budget sponsorship from Red Dress Productions

glass, ceramic, grout & Weldbond on plywood

series of 6: 8 inches x 8 inches each

Soft Water 1
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Hard Water 2
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Soft Water 2
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Hard Water 2
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Soft Water 3
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Image Description: Six square mosaics depicting various water scenes. Three of them show large curling ocean waves, and three of them show more abstract interpretations of calmer lake waters. Colour scheme is mostly blues, greens, white and black, with touches of warmer colours throughout.

Photos by Wy Joung Kou

Street Health "Growth" Community Mosaic Project

2018

project supported by Red Dress Productions (RDP) and the Ontario Arts Council

mural design and artistic lead: Wy Joung Kou

artist interns: Aaron Bowerman, Dan Buckley, Tomas Cavalheiro-Chin

RDP artistic co-directors: Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston

permanent public outdoor installation at Street Health, 338 Dundas Street East, Toronto

porcelain, glass, stone, grout & Weldbond on MDO sheet

16 feet x 3 feet

This project emerged following RDP's first community-engaged mosaic project and installation at Street Health earlier in 2018. Using art-based research findings from the first project, the Growth mural was designed using themes and imagery suggestions put forth by Street Health community members. The mural was constructed over an 8-week period with community members in open studio drop-in sessions as well as in closed artistic mentorship sessions with artist interns. Kou embarked on this project under Tristan and Anna's mentorship to undertake and complete their first outdoor large-scale mosaic design and community-engaged project in an artistic lead position.

Street Health Growth Mosaic
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Growth Detail 2

Image Description: One full wide shot of the entire mosaic, and two close-up detail shots. The mosaic is a long, irregular shaped strip resembling rolling hills with one circle at the top of each hill. From left to right, the 8 circles grow in size and show evolving scenes of sprouts blossoming into flowers against a blue sky background. The "rolling hills" strip is made up of colourful layers resembling grass, soil, clay, an underground blue river, and finally bedrock at the bottom, created with dark coloured polished pebbles.

Photos by Zoe Gemelli