Visual Arts: Other
At The Coronado Cays Tennis Courts 2002 This is Kirstin's second public mosaic and is on the concrete bench in front of the Tennis courts in the Coronado Cays. It pays homage to the amazing sunsets that are seen on the strand.
Mosaics found me at the age of 15. Ever since then I have been drawn back to the medium again and again. After finishing a double degree in classical archaeology and photography at San Francisco State University (1995-2000), I signed up with the Peace Corps, and went to Ghana. In the months before leaving I started teaching workshops and did two public projects in my hometown of Coronado, CA.
I was in the Peace Corps from 2002 to 2004. Fortunate to be able to continue making mosaics while in Ghana, I found the bright, bold, geometric patterns of West Africa to be inspiring. I still enjoy incorporating some of these elements into my mosaics. I am also greatly inspired by nature’s beauty.
Since 2004, I have been working as a professional mosaic artist and teacher. I have facilitated seven large scale mosaic mural collaborations with students and community members, in California, Africa and India. I have created dozens of pieces, including wall hangings, signs, home installations and several pieces of public art. The Universe was featured in the 2010 Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) catalog and exhibit in Austin, Texas.