Featured Artist Francine Gourguechon

Mosaic artist Francine Gourguechon presents a fascinating collection of mixed media sculptural figures. See more of her portfolio on her website.

 

mosaic figurative sculpture by Francine Gourguechon

“Grace Jones” plaster, art glass, ball bearings, glass chunks and paint, 20” x 18” x 10”

 

I attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have been in the arts in one sense or another for most of my life. I worked in the photo/film business as an art director and set designer that supported my daughter and myself through the school years. We were lucky.

 

mosaic figurative sculpture by Francine Gourguechon

“2 Graces” art glass, stones, ball bearings, paint and wood base, 26” x 17” x 11”

 

At the Art Institute, I studied drawing, painting and sculpture. While traveling through Europe and North Africa, I became fascinated with mosaic art.

 

mosaic figurative sculpture by Francine Gourguechon

“2 Graces” (detail)

 

I am self-taught, so I just started working in that medium and caught the mosaic bug. Now I concentrate on taking mosaics to a fine art level. I’ve created commissioned installations in private homes and commercial spaces as well as creating sculptural body art mosaics.

 

mosaic figurative sculpture by Francine Gourguechon

“Sea Goddess” sea shells, sea worms, art glass and rubber tubing, 18” x 8” x 8”

 

I have always liked working with my hands and collecting small objects like stones, glass eyes, seashells, bullet casings and bits of glass and ceramics. These things are used in my mosaics, pieced together to create some sort of larger artistic object.

 

mosaic figurative sculpture by Francine Gourguechon

“Black Madonna” art glass, bullet casings, sea worms, sea shells and glass chunks, 22” x 8” x 8”

 

I discovered working with art glass and was seduced by the luminosity, color choices and the actual making of glass. After visiting several glass foundries, I understand the material in a deeper way.

 

mosaic figurative sculpture by Francine Gourguechon

“Red Head” art glass, stones, ball bearings and paint, 28” x 16” x 8”

 

My interest in indigenous people and their body decoration led me to create what I refer to as “The Tribe.” This is a series of three-dimensional sculptural forms and bas-relief wall hanging pieces.

 

mosaic figurative sculpture by Francine Gourguechon

“Red Head” (detail)

 

The human body as art and body decoration appears in every culture, used to symbolize seduction, ritual, social standing or threat.

 

mosaic figurative sculpture by Francine Gourguechon

“Voodoo” (detail) art glass, bullet casings, carnelian horns, glass eyes, mother of pearl and metal, 33” x 16” x 8”

 

I’ve created a tribe of mosaicked sculptures by encrusting human forms with art glass and small objects that I have collected. Each one has an intriguing presence.

 

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