About the Book
FINE ART MOSAIC: TOWARD THE WITHIN is both a large-format coffee table book and a collector's item. This heavy, hardbound book is 200 pages of luscious images, many of which are larger than life-size so you can see the details of artworks up-close and personal. Printed on lustre paper and photographed by Brit, who is also an international award-winning photographer, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in mosaic art or who would like to become a mosaic artist.
Fine artist Brit Hammer worked in mosaic for six years (2002-2008) and in 2007 transitioned to cement fresco, a technique she developed that allows her to work completely spontaneously. The artworks shown in this book were made during 2004-2008. While not a retrospective, this book is representative of Brit's sizable body of mosaic art.
Brit’s bold and abstract Byzantine glass mosaics are complex puzzles of color that often incorporate a few dozen shades. Her trademark style combines colors in such a way that each one can be seen, reflecting her philosophy that every person is equally important; everyone has a purpose and something to contribute to society.
Unique about Brit's work is her use of color. Working primarily with handmade glass from Venice and Murano, she creates a mood using various combinations of color and texture as well as light reflectance. Each piece delights the eye and asks for the viewer to interact by walking back and forth to catch the sparkles emanating. Lighting plays an integral role, and each work looks different during mornings, afternoons, and evenings as well as during each season of the year. In effect it is like having several artworks, such is the change affected by the light.
Interested in the relationships between people, the earth, and the hereafter, Brit's body of mosaic art is inspired by spiritual moments that occur during one’s lifetime and the emotions that accompany them.
The one thing you need to know about me is that I love to have light-hearted fun. While I'm sincere and introspective, I enjoy letting my hair down. By reverting back to childlike whimsy we tap back into our right brains, which is where our creativity lives. And that's how we create a better world for all. Aside from creating art, the one thing I'm super-duper passionate about is teaching. My books help you tap back into your own inner artist to overcome fear and become your highest potential.