Hi, I’m Edna Segev. I’m 53, and I’m a Mosaicist from Israel.
I am a mother of 2 and the second generation to be a Mosaic Artist in my family. I have been practicing mosaic for the last 23 years on and off.
I studied ceramics, Graphic design, History of the Arts and so on…
For the last 9 years, I have had my own Mosaic Studio, where I do my artworks, commissions and teach adults the love of mosaic.
My late Grandmother – Ira Arbitman – who died when I was 9 years old, was a talented Painter and a Mosaic Artist. A few years ago, my aunt brought to my studio, a couple of huge buckets, she kept in storage, full of stones, that my grandmother used in her mosaics. I use a lot of her Tesserae in my artwork. I feel that those buckets of stones are my heritage and Influence.
In this picture, it’s my grandmother holding me at the age of 6, standing in-front of her mosaic, in a kindergarten in Jerusalem.
My Grandmother’s mosaics are my heritage, my influence and my inspiration.
But, I cannot neglect to mention the country that i live in.
There are more than 1000 ancient mosaics to be seen all over Israel and the West Bank. They range from Synagogues, Islamic Mosaics, early Christian mosaics, to private villas and public buildings – All of those and more, were and still are being excavated throughout Israel day by day. An example pictured below is the central panel of the Lod Mosaic which dates from AD 300 and was discovered during road construction in 1996 (Picture credit Nicky Davidov/Israel Antiquities Authority)
These tessarae and piece of ancient glass pictured below were found laying around during visits to archaeological sites in Israel and were given to me on several occasions.
Some I have used in my own mosaics, giving them a new meaning.
This year I was invited by Giulio Mennosi to the 4th Mosaic Symposium in Sardinia to do an artwork and leave it there for the permanent exhibition. The name of my artwork is “Dreams always come true”
The Dream of Jacob has a number of interpretations
One is that we see the ladder in the dream as a reflection of human life in this world, connecting the earth to the sky. The ladder indicates that there is no disconnection between the physical world and the spiritual world – one begins this life, but can reach higher spiritual levels.
My work is an abstract interpretation of the connection between the physical and the spiritual world. For me, dreams always come true.
It is made of Smalti, Natural Stone, Cloth over Styrofoam element.
In the last couple of years I have exhibited in a few group exhibitions and a solo exhibition both in Israel and worldwide; recently I have been to Japan where i exhibited my Artwork “Gold” in a group Exhibition in Kyoto – called “Hibiku” (Echo). My artwork “Gold” integrates into the beautiful garden of the Kyoto Mosaic Exhibition. “Hibiku” – “Echo” – resonates with a first Autumn leaf in Japan.
At the same time I’m also exhibiting at a group exhibition in Belgrade, Serbia, Here are two small artworks from a new series I’m working on which is called “Conceal Reveal”. Talking about women and their emotions about themselves.
They cover themselves but they are exposed as well.
Some are Shy, Some are Proud, Some are Angry, Some are Sexy and so on.
I am now working on several series of Artworks, and I hope to exhibit them soon. I have completed a new series talking about memories which is called ‘Memory Fractions’ and another series called ‘Traces of Life’. Examples of these are below
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