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Mosaics on display at Flanagan Campus gallery

April 11, 2011

A mosaic by Jess Regelson.“Mosaics, 2004-2011” by Pawtucket artist Jess Regelson will be on display through April 26 at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

Regelson has been making mosaics professionally since 1998 and has been involved in the design and construction of numerous mosaics for both public and private clients. She recently won a “call for submissions” from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and is constructing a mosaic frieze that will decorate a bus shelter in Providence. One of her large mosaic murals also hangs in a new building on the campus of Roger Williams University.

“In my work, I investigate the ‘essential’ qualities of mosaic art. I want to explore how even elements that are intrinsically rigid can become fluid together,” Regelson writes. “I also want to challenge dichotomies of hard-soft, inside-outside, self-Other. The point is not that these and other dualities don’t exist, but that they – like the physical processes of our lives – are transient conditions, whose every stage of unfolding offers new possibilities for imaginative self-understanding. I believe that the objects and materials in my mosaics exist in a moment of transition, and that they, like all pieces of all things, are waiting to be transformed into another realization.”

She said this notion of transformation is evident in her maps as well, in which she uses broken souvenir plates or ceramic dishes or vitreous glass to create an idea about “place” that may vary depending upon the materials used. “Maps say a great deal about how we identify ourselves, how our self-image fits in a historical context and how we navigate our way in the world,” she writes. “They hark back to a time when the physical world was filled with directional landmarks of all kinds, in contrast to our current reliance on the disembodied voice emanating from a GPS device on the dashboard. Maps may save us from being lost, and lost to one another.”

In addition to doing commissioned pieces, Regelson creates artwork in her studio in Pawtucket and lives in Providence with her husband, Doug Blum, and their two children, Joseph and Sophia. Visit her Web site to learn more.

The gallery is located in Room 2420 on the first floor at CCRI’s Flanagan Campus, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free, and the gallery is handicapped accessible. For information, e-mail gallery director Tom Morrissey or visit the gallery’s website.



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