Bones is a series of bone-like shapes in glass and silicone in a small (25 cm) and a large version (35 cm). The individual elements are made in mouth-blown glass and subsequently cut and polished. Finally, a silicone plug is cast into one end of the piece. The elements carry references to a utilitarian object, the vase, but the title adds a body reference that lends the shapes a morbid character that piques the curiosity and engages the senses.
The glass varies in thickness and shape from object to object, and the cut-off rounded ends are all unique. The vases generate visual distortions that incorporate and transform the surrounding space, challenging the beholder’s notion of the vase as a utilitarian object and examining subtle aesthetic effects in the expressive and material qualities of the glass.
b. 1982, Danish Glass Designer
Stine Bidstrup graduated from the Glass and Ceramic School on Bornholm in 2004. Subsequently, she acquired a post-baccalaureate degree at Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. Her works have been exhibited at “Glasss 2007” at Holstebro Kunstmuseum and the Danish Museum of Art and Design, at the Biennale for Craft & Design in 2004 and 2007, and at the Artists’ Autumn Exhibition in Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen in 2007. Stine Bidstrup works in a wide range of media including glass, ceramics, video installations, photography and graphic prints. Although she originally trained at the Glass and Ceramic School, she considers her work in glass an open field that reaches far beyond the formal, aesthetic potential of the material and stretches into an artistic practice that lets her engage the beholder’s sensations in relation to everyday life in connection with other media and artistic disciplines. She wants her objects to function as meaningful instruments that engage the beholder and their surroundings. Thus, glass ceases to be a restricted medium and develops into a discursive field with a unique history and strong, semantic values that offer countless avenues of expression.
Stine Bidstrup’s inspiration stems from contemporary art and combines the conceptual approach to the glass tradition and the use of other media with studies of the essential qualities and optical properties of glass. In her works, she deconstructs and fragments the familiar and explores the connections between vision, body and space.