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Bella Kuper


About

I am a self taught mosaic artist. I started making mosaics in the Baltimore, MD area in 2003, when shortly after moving into a new house, I decided to make my own art to fill the walls. Not until several years later did I yearn to create more mosaics and make them available to the greater community to enjoy. In 2009, I began to learn as much as I could about furthering my knowledge of mosaics by reading every instructional mosaic book I could find, corresponding with other mosaic artists online, joining Contemporary Mosaic Artist (CMA), and taking her my mosaic course at Maryland Mosaics. My mosaics are contemporary in nature, with a touch of Zen simplicity, but also explore a different traditional path stemming from my heritage as a 1st generation Russian-Jewish immigrant. I enjoy making Judaic themed mosaics for my own family as well as having made several commissioned pieces for my clients. My mosaic art is on exhibit at Maryland Mosaics, in Glyndon, MD. In addition to wall art and mosaic mirrors, I have expanded my portfolio to include mosaic jewelry, which have been on display at the Carroll County Arts Council in Westminster, MD. My mosaics have been featured in the artist’s section of Pikesville Patch online newspaper (Jan 2011), and have been on display at The Pearl Gallery in Glyndon, MD. In addition to creating my art, I enjoy interacting with other artists and friends on my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Flickr pages. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County and then went on to receive a master’s degree in physical therapy from University of MD at Baltimore. I am a mom of twin boys, and enjoy spending time with my family and excelling at both of my careers.

Artist Statement/Focus

I am captivated by the beauty of our Earth.The bounty of colors, textures, and patterns, all painted on nature’s canvas create the perfect composition which I strive to create as a mosaic artist. These nature inspired visions come together and enable me to slowly transform a blank slate into dimensional art, which serves to unite my senses. Though never to outdo nature, as it is impossible to do so, I hope to bring its spirit and its life, into my art, and subsequently, my art to life. I choose to use primarily stained glass in most of my work, mainly for its endless versatility, incredible color and texture variations, and for the freedom to cut any size or shape I may need. Although I use various methods to shape glass, I prefer to cut and work the glass by hand rather than use grinders or saws, as to me, organic edges are more natural, and give the piece its own unique identity. Accents of marble, polymer clay, beads, beach glass, and iridescence will find its way into my work as well, as I believe the eye is kept engaged by these changing and unexpected diversions. Contrast, color, and flow are all vital elements I strive to maintain, as without them, unity is gone. While I may plan my design in advance, I find it often changes mid-creation, allowing my spontaneous thoughts to enter and change paths. Who am I to prevent that? Originating from empty walls at home, begging for artwork, I attempted to fill every space with my own personal touch. What started out from just filling my own space, grew into a passion for making more mosaics, trying different techniques, using beautiful materials, and creating custom glass art that can never be duplicated on a copy machine. Time consuming it may be, but likewise, immensely gratifying; leaving me deeply in love with an art form I will never get tired from.

E-mail bellamosaics@yahoo.com
Phone 443-831-1874
Web Links Website
Location 6941 Ten Timbers Lane
Baltimore
21209
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