Now. What should my reaction be when someone stops by to watch me working on a mosaic and says “That looks so tedious”? What should my reaction be when someone looks at one of my finished works and says “That looks so tedious”?
te·di·ous [tee-dee-uhs, tee-juhs]1. marked by tedium; long and tiresome: tedious tasks; a tedious journey.
2. wordy so as to cause weariness or boredom, as a speaker orwriter; prolix.
1. wearing, boring, tiring, monotonous, dull.
I don’t think these are generally people who simply don’t like what I’m doing – they are just focused on the process and precision with which the glass is placed. Not that there aren’t people who dislike mosaic in general, and mine in particular. And I’m ok with that – different strokes for different folks. I think those who actually don’t like it generally have the good grace to keep their mouths shut - just as I would in front of an artwork I didn’t like.
Do people perceive mosaics but not paintings to be tedious simply because the individual pieces of glass are easily distinguished, but the brushstrokes are not?
Maybe there just isn’t an adequate vocabulary for discussing mosaic art yet. Whatever the case, please, don’t tell a mosaic artist that their work or what they are doing looks tedious. I guarantee you it will not feel like a compliment.