I’m Colleen Patricia Williams. I do mosaics both illuminated and not illuminated. I have a spinal cord injury that led me from painting to mosaics. My need to create art is such that I can’t go without the creative process. Art is something that I have to do, it’s not a choice; it’s a need that I cannot deny. I find that sharing what is in my head with others is satisfying, but not the reason that I do what I do.
I love the way that light brings out the hidden beauty in art glass, inclusions that are one of a kind and cannot be reproduced. The colors that are inside that cannot be seen until the light is shined through, I see as analogous to life and to people; there is hidden beauty in both life and in people, there just needs to be a light to shine through and reveal that which lies within.
I have a keen interest in psychology which often shows up in my work. Where we humans come from, where I come from, what drives us as individuals and as a species, what informs our beliefs and biases (we all have them) interests me deeply. I feel that this shows up in my work, for while I typically use the same medium, mosaics, to express myself, I vary the content of the mosaic piece.
I work in 3D, for the most part, with repurposed forms that are manufactured, as well as with forms that I created with the process of fiberglass. The process of working in 3D requires one to think in a different way that changes one’s internal thought processes; I enjoy that challenge. I see the process as a huge part of the art, not just as a means to an end, the finished piece.
My website is www.colleenpatriciawilliams.com. Here you can see my mosaics as well as my other works in other mediums.
Please, come and check out my work in person; see what my art is all about. These words and pictures can only do so much to describe the interaction of light and glass; you have to come and see it for yourself at Artistic Portland.