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collapsed heart3 Print

Maria Koshenkova


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glass sculpture . part of group" collection of collapsed hearts" Deliberately broken, imperfect and collapsed shape, still reminding very much of a heart - the most essential life organ and one of the most reproduced and trite symbol. My aim is to bring uncomfortable and complex associations, play with symbolic meanings of the heart and its real appearance. I wanted to make the sculptures resemble hearts but not copy them. For this reason I made them black and white, to relate the shape to a traditional way of making sculptures from marble or other monochrome stone. Glass by its controversial qualities of being fragile, broken and durable, hot, alive and cold, stone like and dead, express in my opinion very well this idea and relation between life and death, uniqueness and cliché which the heart as a symbol bears. I was inspired by anatomic wax models made in Florence in the 16th century, which I first saw and drew at the Josephinium museum in Vienna. Dramatic casting of real human body parts made from such an unendurable material as wax - realistic and colourful painted preserved for 500 years old. Somehow the most fragile things can be the most durable! I also made precise study drawings of real pigs’ hearts which are the closest to human. I took from a butcher’s shop in Copenhagen -”The pork meat market of Europe”. It is important to me to have a very in depth knowledge of my subject matter but I have no intentions just to reproduce anatomically correct hearts in glass.

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:10 W x 8 H x 0.1 D in

Size with Frame:15.25 W x 13.25 H x 1.2 D in

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Maria Koshenkova I was born and raised in St Petersburg in Russia 1981, but living and working in Copenhagen for the last 7 years. I got my MA degree in glass and ceramic at the St Petersburg Design and Art Academy and afterwards studied glass at the Danish Design School and at Kalmar University ( Sweden ). I have exhibited in in Russia ,UK,Scandinavia, all around Europe and and Japan I use glass as a main media for my sculptures The last years I have also contributed space specific installations to a number of international exhibitions, using other materials than glass I produce unique jewelry pieces as well and have my own little brand and company to do that-"koshmar jewelry"

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