Described by Richey as being about “beauty amidst destruction,”La Correnteis a far more elegant interpretation of a project inspired in large part by the recent oil spill on the Gulf Coast.
In a figurative dress sculpture, Richey used a smooth layer of the thin-set to create the “right surface structure” to add mosaic tiles of marble, golden smalti, semi-precious stones, seashells and iridescent glass mosaic tiles to the award-winningLa Corrente.
The Texas resident was right at home on the first day of March to accept her award presented by the Society of American Mosaics Artists at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on River Street in Austin.
“It was created during the Gulf oil spill and it alludes to the destructive forces, both man-made and natural, that can creep in with the current,” said Richey. “The sculpture utilizes the innate opulence of mosaic materials to embellish sculptural forms in unexpected ways.”
Richey has worked in the mosaic medium for more than 20 years creating custom residential and commercial mosaics. She has earned international recognition for several recent projects, including lending her mosaic arts expertise to Gary Drostle’s award-winningRiver of Lifemosaic mural.