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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

Mundane, discarded metal objects, like coins and washers, are embedded in the curving, multicolor rock formations of a far less romantic landscape, scorched by the rays of a flat copper sun, in “Trashland.” The subtitle describes this thought-provoking work as “A Meditation on the Earth, Trash, and the Footprint of Art-Making.”

A darkened room frames our view through a doorway, over an attached terrace, across a garden, to a pink house with a tile roof, in “L'entrata,” a complex, painterly and accomplished composition.

A tentacle or armlike appendage seems to be reaching out to or becoming a shell-shaped “fist” in a small, horizontal work whose title refers to the “Old Testament.”

The spiral of a shell also reminds the artist — and us — to “Take Your Time,” while an intentionally too complex composition is called “Be Still, My Mind.”

Making us think of exotic places and travel are the golden crescent moons of “Remembering Istanbul,” while floral forms help open our minds to ornate design possibilities in several other intriguing works.

— John Brandenburg


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