Artist Profile: Francine Gourguechon

Artist Francine Gourguechon, founder of Chicago Mosaics, presents her fascinating portfolio of sculptural art. We spoke about beginnings, and creating her body of work.

 

"Brain Storm" mosaic sculpture, 28" H by artist Francine Gourguechon. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Brain Storm” mosaic sculpture, 28″ H

 

ABI:  How did your mosaic work begin and how has it evolved since then?

FG:  I attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have been in the arts in one sense or another for most of my life. I worked in the photo/film business as an art director and set designer, and that supported my daughter and me through the school years. We were lucky.

 

"Delilah" mosaic sculpture, 18" H x 14"W by artist Francine Gourguechon. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Delilah” mosaic sculpture, 18″ H x 14″W

 

I studied drawing, painting, and sculpture at the Art Institute, but while traveling through Europe and North Africa, I became fascinated with mosaic art. I am self-taught, so I just started working in that medium and caught the mosaic bug. Now I concentrate on taking mosaics to a fine art level by creating commissioned installations in private homes and commercial spaces. I also make sculptural body art mosaics.

 

"Banded Venus" mosaic sculpture, 34"H x 11"W by artist Francine Gourguechon. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Banded Venus” mosaic sculpture, 34″H x 11″W

 

ABI:  Tell us about your sculptural work and what inspires it.

FG:  My sculptures that I call “the tribe” are figures encrusted with art glass, bullet casings, glass eyes, metal, rubber and many other materials that surround me in my studio. The human body as art and body decoration appears in every culture and is used to symbolize seduction, ritual, social standing or threat. My body art sculptures are inspired by this cultural phenomenon and have an intriguing presence.

 

"Muse" mosaic sculpture, 18"H x 8"W by Francine Gourguechon. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Muse” mosaic sculpture, 18″H x 8″W

 

ABI:  How has teaching mosaics enriched your practice as an artist?

FG:  In the last several years, teaching the art of mosaics to adults at my studio and at the Chicago Botanical Gardens and teenagers at Marwen Art School has added a new dimension to my art practice.

 

"Pensive" mosaic sculpture, 26"H x 13"W by artist Francine Gourguechon. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Pensive” mosaic sculpture, 26″H x 13″W

 

Guiding students through the process, supporting their ideas, and witnessing the efforts and joy when they make something beautiful is very satisfying.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Greg Melheim says:

    Francine is a wonderful and patient teacher who has guided me through several years of Mosaics classes. I am a better and calmer person from my time with her and Mosaics.

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