Cheri Pann is an artist who lives a few blocks from me in Venice. Her entire house is covered in mosaic made from broken glass, china, toys, bottle tops and other stuff that looks pretty. The mosaic starts on the sidewalk outside her front gate and extends into the kitchen. Every inch of surface is covered in mosaic. It has taken 13 years to create and it is still a work in progress.
The first time I had the nerve to knock on her door was several years ago, on Halloween. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a truly ecstatic experience. I will never forget it.
Every year, she has an open house and puts some of her paintings and ceramics up for sale. She lives with her partner Gonzalo, a painter, and shares a massive studio with him in back of the house. Cheri is somewhere around 70 years old but she’s one of the most vibrant women I’ve ever met. She is utterly cool without giving a shit about coolness.
Let’s all think of Cheri when we feel depressed about all the stupidity in the world!
Visit her house if you get the chance, and tell her I sent you.