Medium: mosaic on Vedi Board
Size: 23.5″ – 60 cm x 24″ – 61 cm x 2″ – 5 cm
Price: $4,200.00 USD
Availability: Sold

Carlotta is an other portrait of a young musician.

Charlotte plays the Cello…

She is the sister of Luana, whose portrait I completed in December 2014.

I laid the model on its bench on March 13, 2015.

Because she was going to travel to Europe in my suitcase, I built Carlotta on a fiberglass mesh.

This considerably reduces the weight you have to carry with you.

On March 24, I had laid the Guilloches borders. Guilloches are a type of entrelacs. They were a common pattern of decoration in classical Roman mosaic.

In Carlotta’s case, we have 2 triple strands guilloches made of tiny glass tesserae.

They make a beautiful bright frame around the actual portrait realized with less shiny ceramic tiles.

On March 30, 2015, I had progressed on the face.

At this stage, about 50 % of the mosaic had been laid.

On April 5, all tiles had been laid.

Remember that you are seeing the back of the mosaic !

Carlotta arrived in France on Bastille day : July 14, 2015.

Here I just took her out of her crate.

I flipped her on July 16, with 3 other mosaics I had taken up with me.

July 24, I am here in my parent’s garden Carlotta, Pomegranate Tree, Green Eyes VII and VIII.

The whitish material you see on top of them is the water-soluble glue I used to lay the tesserae.

There is still about 10 hours of work – mostly cleaning – on each mosaic before it is complete.

July 25, Carlotta unframed in the small in the Rue du Docteur Ravin Street.

Carlotta was mounted on Vedi board, a light and strong material I have not been able to find in the US so far.Because I built Carlotta on a mesh I also was able to reduce her weight by other means.

Carlotta weighs very little at 17. 2 lb (7.8 kg). The same size piece mounted on regular backing board 2 years ago would have weighted twice as much around 35 lb.

On August 1st, 2015, Charlotte finally met Carlotta …

And very proud she was …

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