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Lilian Broca, Judith Meeting Holofernes

Lilian Broca, Judith Meeting Holofernes (2014), Byzantine Smalti, millefiori, gold Smalti, ceramic tiles on border, honeycomb panel [Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC, Nov 12-Mar 31]

Heroine of a Thousand Pieces:
The Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca

Il Museo at The Italian Cultural Centre
Vancouver BC – Nov 12, 2015-Mar 31, 2016

Lilian Broca, The Flight to Bethulia

Lilian Broca, The Flight to Bethulia (2015), Byzantine smalti, millefiori, gold smalti, ceramic tiles on border, honeycomb panel [Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC, Nov 12-Mar 31]

Lilian Broca, Judith’s Revenge

Lilian Broca, Judith’s Revenge (2015), Byzantine Smalti, millefiori, gold Smalti, ceramic tiles on border, honeycomb panel [Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC, Nov 12-Mar 31]

Lilian Broca, Judith Displaying Her Trophy

Lilian Broca, Judith Displaying Her Trophy (2014), Byzantine Smalti, millefiori, gold Smalti, ceramic tiles on border, honeycomb panel [Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC, Nov 12-Mar 31]

Pratt Institute MFA graduate Lilian Broca is a Vancouver visual artist who, for 20 years, worked with paint, graphite and ink. In 2002 she discovered Venetian glass and mosaics and hasn’t looked back since.

In a globally influenced, culturally diverse and technologically advancing world, contemporary art reflects the ever-changing landscape of identity, values and beliefs. In the 21st century, mosaics resonate with a certain contemporary Zeitgeist.

Computer technology inspires countless contemporary artists, and mosaics share a kinship with digital images. Mosaics, with their “bytes” of colour and light, are micro-elements that make up larger works of art.

Using the ancient techniques of mosaic art, Broca builds on timeless themes and deconstructs feminine stereotypes, which often appear as archetypal components in the ancient mythic traditions of Europe and the Near East. The figure of Judith from the Apocrypha is just one of the powerful women from history and legend who Broca has made the subject of her mosaics.

Through her work, Broca emphasizes that now more than ever the responsibility to maintain human rights resides in individual choices as much it rests within the preserve of collective political and social institutions. The Judith story reminds the viewer that one individual can be a catalyst for social change regardless of the limitations imposed on him or her.

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Lilian Broca, Judith Seducing Holofernes

Lilian Broca, Judith Seducing Holofernes (2014), Byzantine Smalti, millefiori, gold Smalti, ceramic tiles on border, honeycomb panel [Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC, Nov 12-Mar 31]


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