IDA WIETH “BOTH SIDES NOW” – HEMPEL GLASS PRIZE 2017
IDA WIETH “BOTH SIDES NOW” – HEMPEL GLASS PRIZE 2017 – APRIL-OCTOBER 2017
The works with the title – Both Sides Now – originate from “straight lines”, blasted and drawn in hot glass. The long glass tubes are then split into smaller units to be assembled, bundled and melted into a new shape. These constructions of glass are created by built-up fragile layers which are thought together and connected to “another side” in ceramics. The threads binding the sides together are of the same origin and appear in their fired as well as in their unfired clear shape. This emphasizes the changeability of processed and compound materials and perspectives. The contrast between surface and texture is emphasized through awareness of colour and a tactile intensity of perception in the encounter between the materials. Thus each side has various qualities and expressions, but they are intensely joined in a kind of reflection which has been made apparent through tangible connections in the material. The conceptual idea originates not only from the found but also from the created – and from persistently regarding the objects from several angles. Herewith Ida is working with constructing and deconstructing, adding and subtracting, bending and turning upside down – in order, at the end, to gather all the threads which quite specifically manifest the relation.