I entered the world of making mosaics in 2003. Quake Mosaics was born this year, in response to  the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. I felt it was time to create a site to post and ponder my work so that others might participate in it.

Seeking a name for my enterprise, I  had been thinking of  the way that the ancient civilizations ringing the Mediterranean used and reused the stone and ceramic fragments of buildings destroyed by their wars, to create poignant and impressive tapestries of stone. At the same time, perusing the art books (for I haven’t yet made my pilgrimage to these sites) I noticed that in the event of a building’s destruction,  all that remained standing was often the mosaic wall, as if it were stronger for the technique, for having been rebuilt.

But once Port-au-Prince was reduced to fragments and Concepcion shaken to its foundations, the word “Quake” came to mind as an obvious name. Humanity is helpless when it comes to Earthquakes, our intimate worlds may be entirely shattered ; we are also compelled to rebuild at any cost. Rebuild– or lie down forever.

I am also a “survivor” of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area, by way of earthquake cred. Some day I will tell that tale.


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