Location

Encinitas, California
United States

About the Artist

Laurie Mika is an artist, author and instructor. Over the last two and a half decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic and assemblage work using polymer clay has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style. Her unique approach combines handmade polymer clay tiles with beads, jewelry pieces, charms, glass tile and found objects.  Laurie has enjoyed teaching and sharing her techniques the past fifteen years at home and abroad.

Laurie’s work has been published in countless magazines and books. She is the author of “Mixed Media Mosaics”, published by North Light Books in 2007. Laurie has appeared on both HGTV's That's Clever and on DIY's Craft Lab. Recently, Laurie was featured on a new PBS series, Make It Artsy. Laurie’s work has been shown in galleries in San Diego, Laguna Beach and Los Angeles including La Luz de Jesus and the Hive Gallery. She is currently represented by Pop Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has also exhibited many times in the prestigious Mosaic Arts International juried exhibition winning Best in Show at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Arizona. Laurie's work hangs in private collections here and abroad.

Websites

http://www.mikaarts.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurieMika

2021 Exhibition Images

Life Resplendent

Life Resplendent

20 x 24"

Polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, napkins, tissue paper, jewelry pieces, beads, charms

Life Resplendent is part of a new body of work using a technique I have termed "clay appliqué". This is a process where I have created image transfers on polymer clay that are cut out and "sewn" onto the collaged background. The background was created using hand-stamped tissued paper and napkins. The deer and all of the appliquéd pieces are image transfers on polymer clay. The antlers were created using Apoxie sculpt that was embedded with beads, jewelry and charms to create a jewel-like look. The idea for this piece came about during the first year of the pandemic with the "pause" in human activity where nature rebounded.

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 Stag having a multitude of animal and floral images around its antlers

Time is Precious

Time is Precious

11 x 14"

Polymer Clay, resin pieces, jewels, beads, glass tesserae and found objects

Time is Precious is a wall piece that was inspired by an antique lithograph of a saint. I created an image transfer on polymer from a photo I shot of this piece. The central figure is adorned with a halo that was purchased in Mexico. In his hand is a vintage watch face that speaks to the theme of time passing and just how precious time is. The border tiles that surround this piece are polymer clay that have been stamped, painted and embedded with jewelry and hand-cast resin pieces. The palette of blues, reds and golds was inspired by Colonial and Spanish art.

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 Multi-colored mosaic with rectangular tiles painted and embellished with found objects around the figure of a saint also embellished with found objects.

Saint Corona

Saint Corona

4 x 9"

Polymer clay, resin, jewelry pieces, bezel and glass dome

Saint Corona is part of a series created during the last two years of the pandemic. This small gothic shrine was created using polymer clay and resin. The central figure is Saint Corona, believed by many to be the patron saint of pandemics. This figure was created using an image transfer that was then hand painted. A mask was added to her face to remember and reflect on these challenging times in our history. The side panels are polymer clay that was stamped with a quatrefoil design and then embedded with gold spacers and pearls reminiscent of medieval art.

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 Image of a praying saint with a face mask bordered by silver-colored textured bands

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

20 x 16 inches. Polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, beads, charms, souvenirs, jewelry pieces and found objects. As a continued exploration of a theme, My Tree of Life, incorporates traditional iconography presented in a new way using modern materials. Using both polymer clay and Apoxie Sculpt, I am able to fabricate works that incorporate the many found objects, bits, pieces and souvenirs I gleaned while traveling the world. This is a tree that symbolizes my life’s wanderings through the tiny tokens, amulets and treasures embedded throughout the branches, each with a story to tell of a particular time and place. As such, this narrative mosaic serves as a keeper of my memories of the past few decades.

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Our Lady of the Pandemic

Our Lady of the Pandemic

20 x 16 inches. polymer clay with image transfers, collage, jewelry pieces, charms and found objects. Lady of the Pandemic is part of a series of artworks called During the Pandemic that I began back in March when Covid was just taking hold as a way to “mark” this historic time. These pieces address the issues of isolation, staying home and mask wearing. Inspired by both Spanish colonial art and Medieval art, Saint Corona figures predominately into this body of work. I used the now-ubiquitous imagery of the virus in both the background behind her halo and also on her cloak. She is holding a crown (corona) in her clasped hands, a symbol of the coronavirus. Below this is a banner that says Memento Mori, an artistic reminder about the inevitability of death and that death comes to us all regardless of our station in life. In my work, Saint Corona is invoked as a symbol of protection.

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The Tarot Card, Justice

The Tarot Card, Justice

12 x 9 inches. polymer clay, handmade jewels, and found objects. This piece was created in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent social justice movement that aimed to address the systemic racism that has plagued our nation for centuries. This polymer mosaic presents this contemporary theme about racial inequality but the imagery is juxtaposed with Medieval iconographical elements. Using the tarot card justice, this female figure holds the scales of justice in one hand and a sword in the other, a symbol of balance and fairness in dispensing justice. When viewed upright, tarot cards have one meaning, in this case that justice will be served. When viewed in reverse, they have the opposing meaning which in this case would mean unfairness, bigotry and bias. As a symbol of hope and “justice for all”, my image is facing upright.

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