gabrielle

Gabriella Grama

Email:
gabriellagrama@womensharingart.org

I was always fascinated by glass, drawn to it, delighted how it captures the light and plays with it in a thousand different ways.

 I started working with stained glass once I got settled into my life, along with the mortgage payment, the kid and the dog.   I stumbled onto mosaics when I needed one made for my kitchen backsplash. I had a hard time finding someone to do exactly what I wanted.  I had no choice but to do it myself, and, although I made many mistakes, I was instantly hooked.  It was literally like falling in love, no exaggeration. 

I have been learning ever since, and I think I will continue to do so for the rest of my life.  With mosaics, you can always experiment, try something new, come up with something nobody else has ever tried.  Yes, sometimes I fail and the result is not always what I wanted… but there is always next time.  Each project is exciting, new, daring, a blank canvas that invites me to play and have fun.  The art of mosaic fosters creativity with no boundaries.    

While visiting Pompeii, I looked at the mosaic floors and marveled at the workmanship, I studied the lines, the colors, the andamento, and I felt a connection to those artists.   I visited North Korea a few summers ago, the forbidden land, and I had the opportunity to visit the Arts Palace, the place where all official art is being made.  We stopped at the mosaic hangar, where about 50 people garbed in immaculate white scrubs were making mosaics. I got close and admired the perfect cuts and placement, and I weirdly felt that if I could make mosaics, I could even learn to live there.

I am thrilled to be part of the Women Sharing Art group.  I love the diversity of our media, personalities, styles, concepts, the creativity and passion I see in every woman in our group.

 “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  Pablo Picasso