In July 2021 Helen was delighted to take up a role with the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand (MAANZ) as Victorian Branch Rep, a joint role held together through a Steering Group with colleagues Bev Plowman and Barb Uhlenbruch. Since joining she has been active in driving the development of a Conflict of Interest Policy for MAANZ and hosted the inaugural Victorian MAANZ branch zoom
Synergy Cover and Feature Article, Opus Oracle, July 2021, Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand e-mag, Australia & New Zealand
GROUT, Cover and Feature Article, Issue 62 2020, print Journal of British Association for Modern Mosaic, UK
THE SYNERGY PROJECT A large-scale mosaic art exhibition celebrating nature and resilience was the culmination of the year-long Synergy Project. The ground-breaking collaboration led by internationally renowned mosaic artist Helen Bodycomb and involving seven emerging artists was created across multiple locations during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020-21 in Victoria, Australia. The ambitious
Helen was honoured to be invited to be the covergirl for the Society of American Mosaic Artist’s winter edition, 2020.
Why do a PhD in this area? Essentially, my goal is to see mosaic positioned firmly within contemporary art practice, because it is widely misunderstood yet still brimming with untapped potential. Mosaic needs increasingly higher and experimental practice, and further exploration by its many makers of its unique potential as a mode of making. My PhD thesis does not aim to encapsulate
In 1922 La Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (the Spilimbergo school) was established in the small northern Italian town of Spilimbergo and is today the world’s leading contemporary school of mosaic. Nestled within the strategically important nexus of the Tagliamento River floodplains at the foot of the Dolomites and close to the northern Adriatic coastline in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the region has b
2016 AIMC CONGRESS Mosaic in the Contemporary World: 18-22 May 2016 SPILIMBERGO, ITALY When I first heard that the 2016 AIMC* Congress was going to be hosted by the Spilimbergo School (La Scuola di Mosaicisti del Friuli) in northern Italy, I knew that by hook or by crook I had to be there. *AIMC – L’Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei (The International Association of
Anthropo (man) + cene (new) In 2014 an American oceanographic research vessel traversing the waters off Hawaii’s Big Island came across an entirely new form of geology. Geologist Patricia Corcoran and Captain Charles Moore documented their findings from active volcanic beach environments, labeling these new types of rock ‘plastiglomerates’. They have been created through the fusion of plastics, sa
RKM COLLECTIVE Helen Bodycomb – RKM Set Design and Mosaic, The Pieta Ulrike Barbara von Radichevich – RKM Set Design and Production Jilli Rose – Amnesiac (Animation) Davide Michielin – Sarcophagus (Film) RKM is a multi-media architectural installation that was first exhibited at the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival (13th – 22nd March 2015), as part of the curated Visual Art Program.
Arts & Edges Kalgoorlie Summit In October 2014 I was thrilled to be able to attend the 2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit – titled ‘Arts and Edges’. Held over 4 days in the rather remote and unique location of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, it was always going to be somewhat of an adventure just in getting there. So I stepped well out of my comfort zone and seized the opportunity to wing it
Ancient Mosiacs And their Conversation with the new I liken Greek and Roman Mosaics to really good red wine. The first swig is never the tastiest, but as the palate acclimatises great depths of beauty are revealed. There is much I admire about ancient mosaics, on many levels. The logic and elegance of andamento – the directional laying of tesserae to render form, and the visual vibrations
A Selection of my Favourite Mosaics Manga Medusa One day whilst René and I were working in the studio, he misheard something I said about a possible future mosaic we might make. René thought he heard me make reference to a Manga Medusa mosaic. We were both amused by the thought of a hybrid of Medusa (the serpent-haired monster from Greek mythology, the sight of which turned all living things i