The Marymount National School Mosaic Portraits
The Rower, Co. Kilkenny Per Cent for Art Scheme Nov 2011- May 2012
I was commissioned by Marymount National school to create a child-centered, safe, bright and tactile Artwork that would engage , involve and represent the pupils of the school and the local environment and would reference the ethos and history of the school and its rural community.
I discovered much about the pupils lives through several drawing and written word assignments. All the pupils drew a Head to Toe self-portrait and I choose a self-portrait to represent each class and replicated that drawing exactly into a life-sized mosaic portrait.
The background details of the portraits are pertinent to their lives and surrounding environment and include representations of home, school, countryside , riverside, woodland, sport and fantasy.
The Marymount National School Mosaic Portraits Artist and Staff with Children
Close up of children's portraits
The background details of the portraits are pertinent to their lives and surrounding environment and include representations of home, school, countryside, riverside, woodland, sport and fantasy. Through a unique process I converted some of the artwork of the pupils into ‘Decals’ which I then made durable and permanent by firing onto glass tiles. The background details in some of the portraits see detail photos below include these original artworks and represent their Loves and where they Live. The supporters seen in the background of the Hurley portraits are additional self-portraits from the pupils. The speech bubbles are the pupils own words and wishes. All the portraits along with full details of the making of these mosaics can be viewed at the blog I created especially for the schoolchildren and their parents.