John Botica is a pebble mosaic artist and designer based in Auckland, New Zealand. John has been involved in many private and public commissions both domestically and internationally. His works have been featured in many magazines the likes of Kia Ora inflight magazine of Air New Zealand, New Zealand House and garden, Australian House and Garden and many others. His mosaics have been exhibited at Saint Frajou museum in France and Pataka Museum in Porirua, New Zealand.
PRESENTATION: ‘Resistance to beauty is futile.’
I will be talking about how we, as a human race, are progressively becoming anesthetized to beauty, especially due to a steady transition into the virtual world. Regretfully, we opt to be more of a Homo sapiens type (existentially based) instead of Homo aestheticus, preoccupied with the appreciation of beauty at all times. We as mosaic artists, or artists, for that matter, have a great responsibility to cause this shift in the current approach to life and common way of thinking. Today is special and let us give it all. Let us be eccentric now or should I say unconventional?
Art should be a whole package. What we create, what surrounds us, how we present ourselves and how we conduct ourselves