People’s lives are painful and messy in profound ways. It is not in spite of this, but because of it that my recent artwork focuses on issues of society and community through imagery and color that is an antidote to struggle, need and darkness. Symbols such as cake and teapots permit focus on the present moment and they are meant to be shared. Other works use similar imagery to highlight struggle, temptation or the chaos in the world.
Ruth Tyszka’s background in the arts spans more than two decades. She was a musician for ten years before pursuing a law degree and she has studied photography, stained glass, mosaic, and design. It was while working as a lawyer that she was driven on the weekends and evenings to work with her hands and imagination to build and create. Both life experience and her legal work inform her artwork, whether it is imagery that counters the chaos in the world, or highlights it.
Tyszka’s primary medium is sculptural mixed-media mosaic. She uses a wide range of materials in her work, yet gravitates toward materials that offer the strength, integrity and quality of permanence that were integral characteristics of ancient mosaics, materials such as glass, stone, ceramic, concrete and recently, plastic and metal.
Tyszka’s artwork has appeared in the highly competitive Mosaic Arts International juried exhibition and was awarded in the 2012 Michigan Fine Arts Competition. Her mosaic artwork appears in multiple publications including in and on the cover of Schiffer Publishing’s Mosaic Art Today, and in the recent Edible Bits And Pleasing Pieces cookbook and Guide To Mosaic Techniques. Tyszka is a graduate of the Musicians Institute (Guitar Institute of Technology), Oakland University, and Wayne State University Law School. She is the past Governance Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Society Of American Mosaic Artists, and a member of the Detroit Artists Market, Mosaic Artists of Michigan and Friends of Polish Art. She has traveled all over the world to study ancient and modern mosaics and her own work has appeared in galleries and juried art shows in and around the United States and as far away as Botswana.
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