Rita Neely Dunlavy
Rita Neely Dunlavy’s fascination with mosaics came from a need to provide decorative pots for plants sold in her specimen succulent nursery in the early 1990’s. Her work has moved through many phases enveloping decorative interior design and installation using ceramic and porcelain tile in bathrooms and kitchens to garden furniture and traditional three dimensional sculpture.
Her introduction and interest in warm glass art added a new dimension to traditional mosaic. How could the two extremely different art mediums exist together? By melding warm glass techniques with the proven mosaic disciplines, light could be created where very little previously existed. Movement in the work by taking advantage of the light refractions created by many small pieces of glass was the result of the merge.
Her traditional and fused glass mosaics can be found in private collections across the country.
She is a co-owner of the Red Chair Gallery in Bend, Oregon.
Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative and functional art, an aspect of interior decoration or of cultural and spiritual significance. The earliest known examples of mosaics date back to 300 BC and can still be seen in the floors and walls of ancient dwellings.
To this day there are variations of this ancient art all around you from the stone work on a building to the back splash in your kitchen. The enduring quality of mosaics is everywhere.