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Art exhibit review: Tulsa artist shows precision, balance in mosaic works in Norman show

Tulsa mosaic artist Jacqueline Iskander's work is on display through Oct. 30 at the Performing Arts Studio's Depot Gallery in Norman.
Modified: September 27, 2013 at 11:46 am •  Published: September 28, 2013

An art medium that can be one of excess is handled with cool precision, and a good balance of abstract, geometric and expressive elements, in the “Art in Mosaic” by Jacqueline Iskander.

The exhibit by the Tulsa artist, who began working in mosaic in 1996, is on display through Oct. 30 at the Performing Arts Studio's Depot Gallery, 200 S Jones Ave.

Noting that she has an affinity for natural stone, Italian mosaic glass and gold,” Iskander said her works often begin with “a shape, a pattern, a material” and a “very simple and vague concept.”

“I negotiate the personality of the material and cut the tesserae — the individual pieces — that I will then call upon to help me tell my elusive story,” she said.

Particularly austere and grid-based is “Etude,” in which a black band provides a horizon line in a white field, behind three double vertical columns of blue, yellow-green and blue-green color.

Referring to classical music, too, is “Sonata,” in which a predominantly green horizontal line crosses in front of and unites four gold vertical bands, raised slightly above a gray-tan mosaic background.

Gold also becomes the key element in four other minimal, geometric mosaics, called “Subtleties,” “Gold Rising,” “Windows #1” and “La Piazza.”

Suggesting a landscape, with its rolling hills and sedimentary layers exposed, is “Calling,” a small work with a nearly jewel-like quality, made from such materials as abalone, amethyst and agate as well as shells and fossils.

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