“Beautiful mosaics are made of broken pieces.”

Lori Jenessa Nelson

These 12 inch diameter mosaic discs were created as a test for a Dzine Studio project proposal using ancient, antique and modern tile of various textures and design. One of my absolute favorite color schemes is amplified by the dark grey grout.
I put together the basket for this Carlos Rolon-designed installation exploring the intersection of art and basketball
I contributed to a 30 foot vertical multimedia installation at Chicago’s Facebook headquarters in 2020 with layout input, tilework and vegetation assembly.
Succulent-inspired table-top made with my grandmother’s commemorative porcelain plates, broken wedding gifts and other salvaged materials
These bisected, smalti adorned pots were created to adorn a larger, vertical piece for the Carlos Rolon Studio.
A 2019 internship with the Green Star Movement lent a deeper understanding of high quality mosaic materials and best practices
This work is completely composed of reclaimed material, from the frame to the tiles, which were liberated from the alleys and free boxes of Chicago’s northside.
Precise but not too perfect, this bright Islamic study turned out just the way I like it.
This 5 foot diameter replica of Hurricane Maria was completed for Dzine Studios in 2021. Much of the work is compiled with double-sided mirror pieces in order to create an infinite reflection.
In order to qualify to create skittle mosaics in the shape of Texas for Zing How Design, I was tested on accuracy by meticulously covering a basketball with skittles in an intricate mosaic pattern; weirdly foreshadowing for Carlos Rolon’s playful basketball art
The pixels on this 13.5 x 11 in image are hole punched circles from 11 pages painted with varying shades of grey
Picture frame created entirely with scrap material salvaged from an actual garbage can
These terracotta pots were halved, mosaiced and fitted with bracings to hang as vertical planters.

I created a series of mini planters for my family during the 2020 holiday season with busted household ceramics, tiles salvaged from free boxes in Chicago alleys and tools borrowed from the Chicago Tool Library. These tiny, sustainable wares were topped off with clippings from my garden.