ABOUT ME KETTY PARMA
I am self-taught and
feel able to approach my ideas freely, without the traditional,
historical and classical restraints of theory and technique. Ideas are
primary and mosaic is the medium that enables me to express them. I
have a spectrum of materials at my fingertips and have experimented
with many to establish their inherent qualities. The process of
searching, finding and combining these materials is a fundamental
process in developing my ideas, themselves edited from a library of
gathered information. My work is versatile - sometimes functional and
domestic, sometimes challenging the viewer and the technique. Each
aspect of my work influences another, allowing the diversity of the
medium and the visual ideas to develop
quiet evolution in her working practice shows how the processes in her
work have developed and matured with an obsessive emphasis on ‘Making
I am passionately driven to achieve a balance between creating a great initial design with the physical creation and arrangement of tessera that flow harmoniously throughout the work.
First evidence of mosaics in Ancient
Rome date from around the end of the III century B.C. Regarded as
luxury , the polichrome mosaics were rare and they were located mainly
in the provinces .after the fall of the western Roman Empire , the
mosaics became brighter, from the VI century the fabulous Byzantine
mosaics come also to Italy.
From their very beginning mosaics have been used to cover floors, providing solidity, stability and resistance to weathering. The Romans made mosaics which could be easily transported, so that they could take comfort and beauty with them wherever they went. In Rome at the time of the empire floor mosaics became a regular artistic decoration. Mosaics were no longer seen as rugs, but as wall-to-wall carpets. Their patterns were more and more spectacular and complex. They were works of art. Thus over the centuries mosaics became an essential component of people's private lives. Because of this, for many centuries demand for mosaic art grew, as it was both functional and , at the same time, refined and decorative.