Location

Encinitas, California
United States

About the Artist: Laurie Mika

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. She feels very fortunate to be able to combine her love of travel and passion for art through teaching at art retreats. She has taught across the States as well as in France, Canada, Israel, Australia and Mexico. 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, the DIY Network and most recently she 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. Laurie’s work hangs in private collections here and abroad.

Websites

http://www.mikaarts.com

Exhibition Images

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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IPCA2016 Horiz

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