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Maria Koshenkova

Maria Koshenkova Glass sculptor
Contact
Danish, English, Russian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+45 60866904
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Playing with glass

  • • Maria uses a cornucopia of glass sculpting techniques
  • • Ongoing experimentation is part of her individual style
  • • Her work includes glass objects and site specific installations

Russian born Maria Koshenkova, who graduated from the Academy of Art and Design in St. Petersburg, has brought a breath of fresh air to Denmark. Her work encompasses myriad techniques. In the beginning she worked with hot formed glass, before turning to blown glass during a stay in Japan. There, she learned about the traditional sexual practice of Shibari from Japanese bondage artists, resulting in her series Restrain and Release, using cast glass. She has also developed work using the complex process of lost wax casting thanks to support from the Danish Art Foundation. Mould preparation and coldworking is carried out in Maria's recently opened studio.

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Works

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Brain Looking White Heart – Hearts B&W series

This hand blown glass sculpture drew inspiration from anatomical wax models observed in La Specola in Florence and real hearts from a butcher’s shop in Copenhagen. Maria Koshenkova drew on realistic anatomical sketches to form this final abstract glass form. She wanted to imbue the hearts with a sense of brokenness, fragility and durability, qualities that characterise glass as well as the heart, a vital organ and oft-reproduced symbol. She also plays with idioms: cold-hearted, broken-hearted, warm-hearted, heart of stone.

Length 24 cm
Width 23 cm
Height 26 cm

Maria Koshenkova Glass sculptor
Photo: © Kurt Rodahl Hoppe
Evil Flower Black Heart – Hearts B&W series

This hand blown glass sculpture drew inspiration from anatomical wax models observed in La Specola in Florence and real hearts from a butcher’s shop in Copenhagen. Through this glass creation, Maria Koshenkova wanted to imbue the hearts with a sense of brokenness, fragility and durability, qualities that characterise glass as well as the heart, a vital organ and oft-reproduced symbol. She also plays with idioms: cold-hearted, broken-hearted, warm-hearted, heart of stone.

Length 28 cm
Width 21 cm
Height 24 cm

Maria Koshenkova Glass sculptor
Photo: © Kurt Rodahl Hoppe
Folded Coral Shape – Restrain and Release series

This orange glass sculpture is from Maria Koshenkova’s Restrain and Release series, created while in Japan. The series drew inspiration from the Japanese bondage practice of Shibari, characterised through its amalgamation of control and submission. Maria modelled for a Shibari master and translated the experience into glass shapes. This glass sculpture represents Maria’s own body in conversation with rope.

Length 39 cm
Width 24 cm
Height 26 cm

Maria Koshenkova Glass sculptor
Photo: © Kurt Rodahl Hoppe
Folded White Shape – Restrain and Release series

This creased white glass sculpture is part of Maria Koshenkova’s Restrain and Release series, created while in Japan. The series drew inspiration from the Japanese bondage practice of Shibari, characterised through its amalgamation of control and submission. Maria modelled for a Shibari master and translated the experience into glass shapes, representing her own body in conversation with rope.

Length 52 cm
Width 23 cm
Height 26 cm

Maria Koshenkova Glass sculptor
Photo: © Kurt Rodahl Hoppe
Red Torso – Restrain and Release series

This glass sculpture was inspired by the Japanese bondage practice of Shibari, characterised through its amalgamation of control and submission. Ropes bear controversial meanings (i.e. both violence and safety). Maria Koshenkova wanted to investigate the concept of freedom and the conflict between extreme materialism and fragility which glass represents. She sculpted the mould from real rope which she burnt to cast with glass.

Length 35 cm
Width 33 cm
Height 30 cm

Maria Koshenkova Glass sculptor

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