A mosaic “dome” constructed on the underside of a stretch of scaffolding, Reflections (x10) offers a brief respite from the efficiency and economy of the New York sidewalks, literally shifting the viewers’ gaze skyward to the symbolic space of the stars and gods. Developed in close collaboration with a Harvard physicist, the intricate tiling patterns apply and extend the complex mathematics of medieval Islamic mosaics for the first time in some 600 years, creating a space in which unity is born from underlying fragmentation, in which art and science meet.
Samantha Holmes is a New York based artist who focuses on conceptual and material experimentation in mosaic. Her work has been exhibited throughout Italy, Russia, and the US. A graduate of Harvard College, she is presently a Master’s candidate in Experimental Mosaic at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Ravenna.