VIEW IN MY ROOM
SÝN belongs to a series of works that focus on the membrane that separates the inner from the outer and on vision or observations as an act that makes us alive, but also defines our borders. SÝN in Icelandic can be understood both as the act of seeing and as a vision that can be understood literally or as pointing towards a more subconscious inner vision. In earlier work such as Last d’Vision (1998) the eye was probed and the images produced in glass showed fractions of real life imagery and anatomical features of the eye itself like a scientist probing for signs of time passing. Later, in her work Impression II (2013) – a self portrait depicting her with eyes closed as though dreaming or looking inwards while a heavy burden of glass spheres blurs her borders. The viewer is placed outside of the body, observing the details of a body covered in distorting glass spheres. In her work SÝN, Last d’Vision and Impression II become one. The eye is probed, but instead of being obstructed by physical boundaries, involuntary inner movements created while breathing under the heavy load of spheres are revealed. This act of breathing is projected onto a paper thin dome of Pâte de Verre. Up close it is reminiscent of looking through a microscope while the subtle movement of the projected spheres onto the dome seems to dissolve the membrane even further. The viewer is invited to go beyond merely observing the surface and is given access to involuntary movements and subconscious acts dissolving the borders observed in previous works. The pulse of life is revealed in all its fragility, inviting the viewer to look inward – feeling hers/his own pulse and rhythm of life.
Sculpture:glass on Glass
Size:33.5 W x 33.5 H x 9.8 D in
Ready to Hang:No
Æsa Björk graduated from the Glass Department of Edinburgh College of Art with a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in 1995 and MA in 1997. In 1994 she was an exchange student at VSUP in Prague and studied with Vladímir Kopecky. This both influenced her work and encouraged her in her pursuit of working with glass as a sculptural material. She has frequented the Pilchuck Glass School as a student and TA since 1998 where in 1999 she also was an Emerging Artist in Residence and an instructor in 2016. In 2006 she was an Artist in Residence at the Corning Museum of Glass. Her work has been shown internationally, she has received numerous grants among them a 5 years working grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture 2015-2019. She has had several public art commissions in Norway where she co-founded the open access gallery and workshop S12 in 2005. From 2011-2014 She held a 3 year position as a visiting artist and faculty at the School of Art and Design, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, Alfred University. Her work is in the collections of the National Museum of Art and Design in Oslo and KODE Art Museums in Bergen, Norway. She currently works and lives in Bergen Norway where she also is an artistic advisor for S12
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