Laura Liz Ruprecht is a mosaic artist residing in St. Cloud, MN. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art from the College of St. Benedict’s in St. Joseph, MN. While assisting artists in two mosaic public art pieces in downtown St. Cloud, Laura found her love for mosaics. In 2013, Laura became a Rostered Teaching Artist through the Central Minnesota Arts Board. Over the course of seven years, Laura has hosted artist residencies in many local schools and community organizations, including Anna Marie’s Alliance, Hillside Adult Basic Education, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. In 2018, Laura participated in a five-month residency in Jamestown, ND. She taught art at three K-6 elementary schools to over 200 students and residents at the James River Correctional Center. Laura is a 2018 recipient of the McKnight Individual Artist Award through the Central Minnesota arts board.
In July 2020, Laura made her dream into a reality by becoming a full-time artist and creating a mosaic business. She currently creates stained glass mosaics out of her studio at her home. Her work is inspired by the beauty of birds and animals. She continues to share her passion for mosaics with the community by teaching and creating public art.
My mosaics are created by using sheets of stained glass that are broken, cut, and shaped by hand into smaller pieces that are then arranged into a representational image. I like to compare the aesthetic of mosaics to the cycle of life. We are all broken, with bits and pieces of our stories that we try to assemble back together again, trying to make sense out of all of it. Glass is rigid but also fragile.
Glass is beautiful, but it can be so sharp it can cut through the skin. Mosaics are like puzzles that I create for myself. When I design my patterns, I gravitate towards creatures with natural mosaic patterns such as birds' feathers, butterfly wings' cells, scales on fish, veins on leaves, etc. The circles that are used on my pieces are a way to express the infinite vibration of the messages of life that I encounter. Symbolism through nature is a way I express an autobiographical story of these experiences.
There is a constant decision-making process that is required when creating with glass. There is nothing that is certain, and there are limitations that occur in the process. I enjoy the ever-evolving discovery of creating each unique piece.