I Know Who I am and Who I May be, if I Choose.
Bisazza Tile, Stained Glass, Crystals, Chain, Glitter, Grout, Colorant. 2015.
I was inspired by the quote from Cervantes, “I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose”, to focus only on Don Quixote and Rocinante and depict them under a full moon’s twilight because it would show them both as the legendary knight and steed of Don Quixote’s reality.
I discovered mosaics in 2011 after I retired from the corporate world and I found a new world in which to express myself. My goal is to convey, through the medium of glass, my passion, my growth and my voice.
Mosaic is mesmerizing and I cherish everything about its process but primarily the opportunity it gives me to connect with others as my pieces find a happy home. My mosaics are vibrant, fun, spirited and whimsical. My inspiration comes from the materials I work with. I use mixed media but mostly I love using stained glass because of the vast array of colors, textures and movement glass offers.
Alicia Ortiz is a contemporary mosaic artist, retiree and community volunteer based in Durham, NC. She was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Queens, NY. She worked in the corporate world for 30 years where she enjoyed a very fulfilling career which allowed her to travel all over the world. In 2010, as her corporate career came to a close, her creative career started.
Ms. Ortiz is largely self-taught but has also trained to learn the history, techniques and new approaches to creative expression through mosaics. She has taken numerous mosaic workshops in the US and, in early 2015, she received the Master in Mosaic Certificate from Orsoni Mosaici in Venice, Italy.
She works with glass, tile, mirror and recycled materials to design and create mosaics that are vibrant, fun, spirited and whimsical.
She has exhibited her art work in group exhibitions at the Roundabout Art Collective in Raleigh, NC; Labour Love Gallery and Exotique Boutique & Gallery in Durham, NC, and has also participated in numerous art festivals around the Triangle.
She is currently a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA).