Deep in the creative process of artist Angela Turner Sanders are her early experiences as an immigrant.
Constant mobility was the hallmark of her childhood. Each of her mosaic creations channels pervasive themes of time, place, a sense of loss and of discovery into a unique amalgam of smalti, shells, stone, and found objects.
“When you are an immigrant, ‘home’ is your family,” she says. “Each time you move, it is the recollection of the last place that you take to the next place. Your memories become your comfort zone.”
Working chiefly in the medium of mosaic, with links to her formal training in painting and drawing, the art of Angela Turner Sanders today is both practiced and intuitive, an ongoing dialog between physical places and associated emotions, between the transience of lived experiences and our timeless inner worlds. One might call it the geography of memory. Her color-intensive, abstract mixed-media compositions reconstruct remembered worlds through a filter of feeling, expressing her associations with places more so than depicting them.
“These pieces are my attempts to express an emotional tension,” she says. “They are about the longing for home or the feeling of belonging to a place, and about finding yourself in the memories. It is an intensely personal process to reconcile it in a positive and universal way.”
The Bristlecone Pine
The Bristlecone Pine, 2019 (SOLD)
Italian Smalti, Antique 24K gold, Basalt, Porcelain
The size is 5' x 5'
Peaceful, 2015 (SOLD)
Italian smalti, marble, antique 24k gold, smalti, rose quartz, ceramic, raw amethyst.
40” x 24”, 30 lbs.
Under Pressure, 2017 (SOLD)
Italian smalti, Sierra basalt, raw peridot, selenite, brass, 24k gold, copper, carnelian, agate, calcite.
11.5” x 29.5”, 20 lbs.
Turmoil, 2016 (SOLD)
Italian smalti, 24K gold, Kokomo glass, shells, Turkish dendrite.
14” x 24”, 16 lbs.
Tempest, 2015 (SOLD)
Italian smalti, 24k gold, agate, selenite, marble, quartz, adamite.
12” x 23”, 15 lbs.
Transformation, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Italian smalti, amarantite,
molten glass from the Donner Summit Hotel fire
1880. 9” x 20”, 13 lbs.
Fire, 2014 (SOLD)
Slate, smalti, Kokomo glass, marble, obsidian, sea shells, labradorite.
12” x 16”, 12 lbs.
Ice, 2014 (AVAILABLE)
Italian smalti, apophylite, 24k gold, agate, mica, petrified wood, crystals, aluminum, Italian marble.
18.5” x 30.5”, 20 lbs.
The Master, 2016 (AVAILABLE)
Italian smalti, Brazilian topaz, marble, 24k gold, jade, quartz, jadeite, fluorapohyllite, rhodonite.
17” x 13”, 7 lbs.
Intra, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Italian smalti, ceramic, 24k gold, marble
2 x 15.5” x 8.54”, 20 lbs.
Yahweh, 2014 (SOLD)
Italian smalti, opalite, rose quartz, selenite, kyanite, rhodonite, amethyst.
20” x 31”, 45 lbs.
Journey, 2014 (AVAILABLE)
Italian smalti, marble, sea shells, fluorite, aquamarine, amazonite, brazilian topaz, chrysocolla.
17” x 23”, 16 lbs.
Roiling, 2015 (UNAVAILABLE - EXHIBITION)
Italian smalti, 24K gold, Italian marble, shells, benitoite, semi-precious stones.
30” x 19”, 23 lbs.
Je Suis La
Je Suis La. 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Ceramic, smalti, Kokomo glass, encaustic
39" x 29", 40lbs
Dyad, 2018 (SOLD)
Willow Ware Ceramic, 24k Gold, Copper
12" x 20"
Confluence, 2018 (AVAILABLE)
Smalti, Kokomo Glass, Selenite, Aquamarine, Amazonite, Calcite, and Chrysoprase
16" x 25" x 2"
Storylines, 2018 (AVAILABLE)
Italian Smalti, 24k Antique Gold Smalti, Selenite, Opalite, Kokomo Glass
14" x 26" x 3"
Transcendence, 2017 (SOLD)
Rose Quartz, 24k Gold, Italian Smalti, Kokomo Glass, Oyster Shells, Opalite
5" x 5"
Reconcile, 2019 (AVAILABLE)
Antique Gold, Smalti, Kokomo Glass
6.5" x 13"
Natures Icon, 2019 (AVAILABLE)
Basalt, Smalti, Antique Gold
9" x 11"