There are some rather unusual musical instruments in the Proctor Art Gallery this week. Two guitars and a mandolin have no strings – instead, they’re covered with a mosaic of glass and beads in swirls, curves, lines and hearts, shimmering with color like a swimming pool in brilliant sunshine. They’re the work of Patty Franklin, a Woodinville artist who shows in Seattle and around the region, and who is the featured artist at Proctor this month. She’ll also be demonstrating her mosaic technique this Saturday morning.
Franklin builds her mosaics up like relief sculptures on a variety of different surfaces: a sculpted female torso, onto which she’s created a white mosaic dress flamed with multi-hue glass tongues; flat framed boards of wedi (the waterproof substance used behind tiles in showers); and the guitars and mandolin themselves, actual instruments bought in junk shops and filled with foam for strength. Read more »