Hanna Hansdotter
Ornamental Abs

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Gallery Steinsland Berliner proudly presents Ornamental Abs, a solo exhibition by Swedish artist and glassblower Hanna Hansdotter. The exhibition opens at the gallery 20.01.23 between 17.00-20.00.

Hanna Hansdotter leads us into the new year with an exhibition comprised of her praised glass sculptures. The exhibition sees her strange and sensual mold blown pieces assume both known and novel forms. Objects from the Faded Prints-series of fleshy baroque glass sculptures are accompanied by wall-hung objects that are thematically related to her previous work but produced using newfound methods.

Decadent and elegant at once, Hansdotter’s crafts-oriented body of work exists in the tension between industrial production and artistic intentions; the controlled and uncontrolled; the ornamental and abstract. During production, the molten glass is placed to swell in individually crafted iron cages and later left to cool in a stage of material-driven motion. Through Hansdotter’s latest works we are reminded of nature’s inherent patterns, presented to us here in skillful distortions.

Hanna Hansdotter (b.1984, SE) lives and works in Glasriket or the ‘Kingdom of Crystal’, a renowned glass district in southern Sweden dating back to 1742. She is trained as a glassblower at Kosta and Orrefors. Since her graduation from the glass and ceramics department at Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design in 2017, Hanna Hansdotter’s work has been exhibited at galleries such as The Hole (NY, US) and Richard Heller Gallery (LA, US) to name a few. In Sweden, her work has been exhibited at institutions such as Kalmar Konstmuseum and Waldemars Udde. Her work is represented in several notable collections, including that of the Swedish National Museum.