Biography: Anna Mlasowsky
Growing up, German artist Anna Mlasowsky wanted to be an archaeologist. Instead, she focused her curiosity on studying the traditions and habits of glassmaking. “The way we evaluate a material and use its properties is defined by preconceived opinions and boundaries set by traditions,” says Mlasowsky. Her work seeks to challenge preformed behaviors and “raise questions about reality and projection.”
“I am not concerned with craft and technique, I don't judge things by how they are made, but how they make use of material,” she says. Mlasowsky holds a BA from the Danish Design School in Bornholm, Denmark. She received the Kaleidos award in 2010 and was nominated for the European Advancement Award for Young Glass Artists and the Stanislav Libensky Award in 2011. In 2012, she received an Emerging Artist lecture Award from the Glass Art Society. Her work is currently on display in the solo exhibition, Contemporary Traditions at the Glass Museum Ebeltoft.
In her April 2013 Residency at The Studio, Mlasowsky created an installation for her upcoming solo exhibition at The Factory Museum, in Boda, Sweden. Her goal was to materialize sound through a process based on Cymatics, from the Greek word for wave meaning the study of visible sound and vibrations. She achieved this by sprinkling glass powder on vibrating metal plates connected to a speaker. The glass was then kiln-fired and assembled into a large sound cloud of undulating glass wave forms.
“An essential part in my artistic effort is to be suggestive without being determined. I am interested in how I relate to things, and how they relate to me. Through the making, I channeled my childish imaginations of being an archaeologist, observing, exploring and discovering.”