George Ehling Mosaic House
I met George Ehling and his family in 1998 in a chance meeting at a historic mosaic venue in California. Thus began an enduring friendship that allowed me to interview, photograph and give tours alongside Ehling over many years. He acquired the Mediterannean-style mansion in 1967 and proceeded to transform it with Roman, Byzantine, Medieval and Islamic ornament inside and out. Every surface contains scraps of scavenged tiles and collected bottles riffing on ancient visual patterns. After working on the home for 45 years, George passed away in 2016 at age 89. The home remains a private residence. I developed and maintain the George Ehling Mosaic House Facebook page which has nearly 3000 fans.
See more of my work on this project here:
Andamento Vol. 9, God Sees Me- George Ehling’s Mosaic House in Hollywood, California, British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM), pg 12-21 + front inside and back covers, 2015
RawVision #85, Releasing New Archetypes, pg 54-57, 2015
SPACES archive, essay and photos
MAANZ Mosaic Assoc. of Australia and New Zealand e-magazine, Pattern Play, vol 15, 2016
Featured Presentation “God Sees Me – George Ehling’s Mosaic House”, for Society of American Mosaic Artists, annual conference, Nashville, TN, 2019
George Ehling Mosaic House Follow Facebook page for updates.
Marjorie Kreilick McNab
Following on my investigations of modern women in mosaic, I have had the honour to interview, write and present on the fascinating tale of UW professor emerita Marjorie Kreilick, with a focus on her ten large scale, yet little-known, mosaic murals for Milwaukee’s State Office Building. In 1961, invited to submit a proposal by the State Architect, Kreilick offered her radically different vision. She used the monumental mosaics tell the story of the landscape and how it was used by indigenous peoples. I have documented Kreilick’s artistic journey from Rome to Wisconsin. Seeing their importance within the modern architectural landscape I advocate and educate on behalf of her significant contribution to modern mosaic. I assist Ms. Kreilick and her estate to support acknowledgment, acquisition, and preservation of her legacy.
Lecture / Video ‘Modern Women: Trailblazers in Mid-20th Century Mosaic’, for BAMM/Edinburgh, 2017
Andamento Journal : ‘No Dames: Marjorie Kreilick’s Mosaic Murals in Milwaukee’, vol 12, 2018
Trailblazing Women for MAANZ, 2018
Madison Public Library, Women’s History Month: ‘Hiding in Plain Site: Marjorie Kreilick’s Midcentury Mosaics
SCA Journal, commissioned late 2019
The Lod Mosaic
Through indepth study of the ancient Roman pavement excavated in Lod, Israel, I discovered a three-dimensional Archimedian solid (specifically, a stellated great rhombicuboctahedron) that could be fashioned from the inherent geometry found in the central panel, along with findings of significant esoteric and archetypal symbolism. The massive mosaic toured the world’s top museums while a visitor center was under construction in Israel.
Lod 2.0 Above and Below: my original research on Vimeo
Lod 2.0 Above and Below: Keynote Lecture on YouTube for BAMM
Lectures, Tours, and Visiting Artist Educational Programming for:
Legion of Honor: Museum of Fine Arts of San Francisco
The Field Museum / Chicago
Chicago Mosaic School
King’s College London for BAMM,
Waddesdon Manor / UK for ASPROM
I began studying the works of visual artist, Millard Sheets (1907-1989) upon moving to Califorina in 1994 where his midcentury commissions can still be found at many Home Savings Banks. This led me to work with Denis O’Connor, (1933-2007) who fabricated over 80 large-scale mosaic murals for Home Savings. When O’Connor passed away, I assisted his estate to have his collection acquired by the Huntington Library in Pasadena. I’m a resource for valuation, research, and photography of Sheets’ architectural works and preservation case studies. Adam Arenson, author of ‘Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California’ cites my research in his award-winning book on the subject.
Lecture: Millard Sheets and the Tree of Life: A Case Study in Northern California presented at Creative Collaboration – Honoring Millard Sheets: Master of Art & Design, Scottish Rite Masonic Center, San Francisco, CA, with Tile Heritage Foundation, Gualala Arts, and the Stone Foundation.