The stone romances me and I romance the stone.
My first introduction to mosaic art was as a child of 12 years, being taught about mosaic technique during Byzantine times by high school teacher of Fine Arts, Mrs. Zachari. Since then, my love for this monumental form of art is leading me with patience, persistence and dedication to be creative.
I mainly use the technique of faithful copying based on ancient prototypes.
For mosaicking directly on lime mortar, I would prepare a drawing, trace it on the grout into which I would press marble, granite, enamel and stone tesserae. Then I would frame the work. Mosaicking indirectly (reverse technique) after Byzantine style, I would glue the tesserae on a transparent surface with the flipped prototype underneath as a guide. Then spreading the mortar and peeling off of the transparent surface…etc would start. When using the “fresco” technique for the same style, I would trace the pattern right to a permanent sandy lime surface into which I would outline it and start to mosaic.
As for modern creations, I would use the “intarsia” technique for decorating wood or stone surfaces, or I would just glue the tesserae to a permanent wooden panel or to a stone, marble or cement surface.
For my mosaics I would use a wide selection of materials including vitreous tiles which I myself bake.
Lady Magdalene Theocharis was born in 1954 in Lamia,Greece. She currently lives and works in Athens where she has a private workshop.
For many years, Magdalene Theocharis studied mosaic art combining her theoretical grounding with the mastery of traditional and contemporary mosaic materials and techniques having mosaic artists, painters, sculptors, and mosaic conservators of high distinction as teachers.
PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITIONS
Magdalene Theocharis has been actively participating in national and international visual arts exhibitions. In October 2000 she participated in the International Exhibition held by AIMC at the Franciscan Monastery in Ravenna. In October 2002 she held her first personal exhibition entitled “MOSAIC ART THROUGHOUT THE PASSAGE OF TIME” at the Town Gallery of Mykonos Island. The exhibition had
a great success.
Magdalene Theocharis was twice awarded for her work by Panassos Philological Society in Athens.
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