Laurie Mika is a mixed-media artist
with a passion for combining and overlapping a variety of mediums creating
an original style of mixed-media mosaics using handmade polymer clay
tile. Laurie's background in painting is evident in her mixed-media
works influenced by medieval and Renaissance art. The gilded devotional
panels of the past become secular icons imbued with personal narratives.
Art and folk traditions referenced in her work derive from her travels
and experiences of living abroad, (East Africa). The highly embellished
surfaces, including segments of text, form sumptuous tapestries of traditional
and modern materials. Like a modern-day alchemist tinkering with the
ancient art of mosaics, Laurie finds magic in combining disparate elements. Laurie
shares her distinct style teaching at national and internationally recognized
art retreats like ArtFest, Art Unraveled, Art and Soul, Raevn's
Nest and Hacienda Mosaico in Mexico. She recently taught
a workshop in Reims, France. Laurie is often on the move also
teaching at venues across the States. Closer to home, Laurie participates
in juried shows, teaches workshops and has her work in local galleries.
Laurie's work has been published in numerous magazines including: Expressions, Somerset Studio, Haute
Handbags, Altered Couture, Somerset Gallery 5, Somerset Wedding
and Somerset Home. Her work also appears in books: 400
Polymer Clay Designs, Mosaic Art and Style, New Techniques for Wearable
Art, Beyond Paper Dolls, Taking Flight, Interactive Art Workshop
and Mixed Mania.
Her own book, Mixed Media Mosaics,
published by North Light Books (F&W Publications) was released in
2007. It has received rave reviews on Amazon.
In new media, Laurie was interviewed
on HeartsArt Radio, Go-Make-Art in Australia and for Abbey of the Arts.
She also did the cover art for their publication, Presence. Laurie
also appeared in a segment for Indie Arts DVD as a guest artist. In
television, Laurie was featured on both HGTV's, Crafter's Coast
to Coast and on DIY networks, Craft Lab.