FollowMe.MINDCRAFT18.Hanging Pink Rope.Maria Koshenkova. Contemporary Glass Sculpture. Art Installation.

” FOLLOW ME” MINDCRAFT18. Milan design week

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2018 I was selected by curator Ditte Hammerstrøm for MINDCRAFT18 among 15 great danish artist/designers MINDCRAFT is an exhibition concept showcasing some of Denmark's most talented craftspeople and designers. The curated exhibitions demonstrate the qualities, potentials and versatility of new Danish craft and design. The MINDCRAFT exhibitions are organized by the Danish Arts Foundation It is on display during Milano Design Week. The chosen focus of MINDCRAFT18 is on the essence of the work with design and craft. 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. 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. Glass sculpture made using the classic technique ‘cire perdue’, lost-wax casting. In a complex process involving multiple castings. 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
Most of the works of this serie are part of the installation I created for Mindcraft18 -Danish exhibition during Milano Design Week. Work was shown in South Korea "Crafted Matter "at Cheongju Craft Biennale and Kunsthal Charlottenborg "The Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition 2020" I made the ropes out of glass, which is a kind of a material impossibility. Ropes for me bear multiple and in some ways opposite meanings such as: death and rescue, sexual tension, aggression, violence, safety and surviving. I want to investigate the concept of freedom and to examine the conflict between the extreme materialism and fragility which glass represents . These sculptures relate to the Japanese bondage technique – Shibari - a practice that amalgamates control and submission in one action. When are you in control and when do you have to go with the flow? Are you ever really free? Where is the boundary between power and submission? Technically I used the real rope as a model and needed to burn it out first in order to fill the mold with glass. (to destroy in order to create.) Pink In in Europ- pink is a color of feminity and pop culture. In Japan - symbol for the death of the samurai, who falls in the bloom of youth. Photo Credit: Kurt Rodahl Hoppe created at VAK. Denmark

Photo@ Maria Koshenkova. on the site: Milano. Milano Design Week. April 2018