Mosaic art in Memorial Union Concourse Gallery

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Brian Nguyen Arts & Entertainment Contributor

By Brian Nguyen

Arts & Entertainment Contributor

Lyn Radosevich uses an experimental form of craftsmanship that has helped her in the journey of self-discovery.

Radosevich, mosaic artist and instructor, has her artwork currently hanging in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery at OSU. The exhibit “Fragments & Pieces” started on Jan. 31 and will be displayed until March 1.

Radosevich was born and raised in Yakima, Washington where she fell in love with art as a child.

According to Radosevich it was a distinct moment when she decided to create art for the purpose of her own expression.

“Ten years ago I was a place in my life where I wanted to get back to my true self. Rather than being taught by someone else, I wanted to experience art as my own,” Radosevich said.

Radosevich experimented with many different materials by using them in various ways. Radosevich’s work consists of a combination of wood, color glass, tile, copper wire, mirrors, stones, broken china, glue and grout. Each of Radosevich’s pieces took from two days to one week to create.

In addition to making mosaic art, Radosevich also enjoys acrylic painting. At times, phrases of poems by Hafiz were used as an inspiration to Radosevich’s work.

Besides being a mosaic artist, Radosevich is also a private yoga instructor for the studio Mandala in Portland. Radosevich’s craftsmanship has elements that derives from teaching yoga.

“As a yoga instructor I like to convey positivity and relaxation into my craft. I used a lot of various tints of green and blue to help create a meditative trance and soothing vibe. It’s like this expression of joy that I envision,” Radosevich said.

Each year, about eight to ten exhibits are held in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery. These are overseen by Craft Center manager and exhibits coordinator, Susan Bourque.

“Craftsmanship is important but I always ask myself if it’s impactful. Does it impact me and most importantly will it impact the audience?” Bourque said.

Radosevich is one of the seven artists who piqued Bourque’s interest for the “Fragments & Pieces” exhibit.

According to Bourque, the purpose of the gallery was to create a rich and vibrant atmosphere for all the students and faculty members who happen to pass by the hallway and examine them. Radosevich’s work can be recognized by its dominant green and blue colors, behind the large glass window that encases them.

The process of making mosaics without guidance or guidelines has been a way for Radosevich to create art without being conformed by rules.

“I believe that we are often over taught, that creates restriction and that restriction creates the fear and inability to be able to express ourselves,” Radosevich said. “Over time, I stopped following the rules of art and learned to tune into my own intuition; allowing it to flow and because of that my mosaic art is visually and aesthetically different than others.”

The usage of unconventional materials in Radosevich’s craft is a tangible representation of the many possibilities that she is able to produce.

 “I am creating a whole out of broken bits of glass,” Radosevich said.

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