"There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor."
Sisyphus tile is owned and operated by me, Jay Reese at Odyssey in the River Arts District of Asheville , NC. I make and install all the tiles by hand.
The Spirit of Sisyphus
I am fascinated by the expressive nature of tile due to its wide variety of shapes, colors and patterns. It is a joy to create enduring beauty with simple natural ingredients and a meditative creation process.
In the spirit of Sisyphus - the namesake of this business, and out of respect for our environment and my own well being I operate Sisyphus Tile through bicycle and city bus commute. According to Greek mythology, each day Sisyphus would roll a large stone up the mountain, only to have it roll back down again at day’s end. It is this spirit of struggle that I emulate through the process of making tiles by hand and how I choose to travel.