In the early 1970s, Luci Lytle hitchhiked all over this country, from coast to coast. What she saw sparked a concern with the environment, recycling, and overpopulation. After a years as a mechanical drafter and designer and a period settled in Berkeley, she and her wife, Justina Hayden, took to the road again in a large Serengeti Safari motor home. As she developed an interest in mosaic art, her focus and style connected to these same concerns.
"I am fascinated by the things that others discard. I can visualize a use for almost everything," she says.
Lytle is a self taught artist, save for a workshop with Seattle mosaicist Kelly Knickerbocker, who opened her eyes to all the free stuff you can find if you know where to go. Over time she developed her own style using corrugated paper as a substrate, incorporating glass, stones, found objects and electronic components. Some 95% to 99% of her art materials are recycled.
"My mosaic studio is a nook in our motorhome or a picnic table in good weather," she says.
Lytle's one-woman show, on view at the IMA through the end of March, is a small one, but offers a sampling of how her imagination ignites common materials. She calls it "the the alchemy of recycled art."
Please join us for an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at the Institute of Mosaic Art, 805 Allston Way, in Berkeley. Mosaic artist Laura Rendlen will also be present for her concurrent mosaic show, "Imagined and Re-Imagined." Wine and light refreshments will be provided.
In concert with Lytle's show, she will park her motorhome outside the Institute in order to sell her recycled materials for art and other uses.
"Since I gather more materials on the road than I can possibly use, I opened an online shop, FOUNDonCURB. (www.ETSY.com/shop/FOUNDonCURB)," she explains. Two tumblers in her motorhome transform rocks, stones, and vintage glass into tesserae for mosaic artists seeking the unusual.
From Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, 2016, her Pop Up Sale in the IMA patio will enable mosaicists, mixed media artists, and the simply curious, to poke through her stock of road treasures and find something to [re] use. The sale will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. , the Institute's usual weekend hours. Bring artists! Bring friends! Happy hunting!