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FollowMe. MINDCRAFT18. Milan design week

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Follow Me Glass sculpture made using the classic technique ‘cire perdue’, lost-wax casting. In a complex process involving multiple castings, Maria Koshenkova covers rope with mould material, then burns the rope to create a cavity inside the mould. The cavity is filled with molten glass to create a replica of the rope. Each piece is kiln-fired for about two weeks. Maria Koshenkova invites the viewer to walk alongside the object – to follow it. Not the way we follow something on Instagram, Facebook or other social media, but physically, in real life. The ‘cire perdue’ technique itself emphasizes the real-life, human touch by not creating a perfect replica but adding a degree of imprecision. In ‘Follow Me’, Koshenkova turns the pliable and sturdy material of rope into hard, transparent, breakable glass. Conceptually, she sets out to explore and convey phenomena that contain a similar inner tension and paradox, such as life and death, freedom and control. A rope may spark associations to death, for example the hangman’s rope, but it can also be a lifeline or the safe escape from a burning building. A specific source of inspiration is the traditional Japanese sexual bondage practice Shibari, where rope represents the paradoxical notion of seeking freedom and release through trust, submission and restraint. MINDCRAFT18 The chosen focus of MINDCRAFT18 is on the essence of the work with design and craft. In this year’s exhibition, the objects on display take centre stage, with an emphasis on the hands-on engagement with the material and the visual, aesthetic and sensuous qualities of the objects. The Danish Arts Foundation appointed Ditte Hammerstrøm curator of MINDCRAFT18. MINDCRAFT18 is on display from 17 through 22 April in central Milan during the design week, where the historical San Simpliciano cloister forms the setting for the exhibition. Address: San Simpliciano, Piazza Paolo VI 6, 20121 Milan Materials Glass Dimensions Each object Approx. L 100 x T 20 x W 45 cm . composed together 400 cm X 100 cm x 200 cm

Glass sculpture made using the classic technique ‘cire perdue’, lost-wax casting. In a complex process involving multiple castings, Maria Koshenkova covers rope with mould material, then burns the rope to create a cavity inside the mould. The cavity is filled with molten glass to create a replica of the rope. Each piece is kiln-fired for about two weeks.
Maria Koshenkova invites the viewer to walk alongside the object – to follow it. Not the way we follow something on Instagram, Facebook or other social media, but physically, in real life. The ‘cire perdue’ technique itself emphasizes the real-life, human touch by not creating a perfect replica but adding a degree of imprecision.

In ‘Follow Me’, Koshenkova turns the pliable and sturdy material of rope into hard, transparent, breakable glass. Conceptually, she sets out to explore and convey phenomena that contain a similar inner tension and paradox, such as life and death, freedom and control. A rope may spark associations to death, for example the hangman’s rope, but it can also be a lifeline or the safe escape from a burning building. A specific source of inspiration is the traditional Japanese sexual bondage practice Shibari, where rope represents the paradoxical notion of seeking freedom and release through trust, submission and restraint.