Kathy Thaden

Divide a.k.a Common Ground

9” x 7.5”; Materials: Gold smalti, miscellaneous glass, smalti, paper, acrylic paint and mortar on hand-formed substrate.

Artist Statement: Influenced and clouded by the divide between the political red and blue, I pray for purple, hoping together we can seek common ground, holy ground.

bio: Working with stone or glass is transforming. Materials are broken, and then made whole again into something new. In our throwaway culture, I am frequently inspired to reinvent glass scraps or found objects into sacred art, finding beauty in what was once broken. My mosaics range from abstracts and sculpture to commissioned and liturgical works. It is important to me nothing be wasted. I link my art to my faith – expressing awe at creation and the Creator – and enjoy leading mosaic retreats and workshops.

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