Biography: Tanja Pak
For Slovenian artist Tanja Pak, glass is a pure poetry. “I tend to reach below the surface, until the glass becomes merely the bearer of the stories, metaphors, expressions; a skin of my thoughts, a breath of my dreams and longings,” says Pak.
Pak is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, where she leads the glass and ceramics course. Her work was selected to represent Slovenia at the Bornholm Biennale, 2008 and 2012. In 2011, she received the Design of the Year Award in Slovenia. Her work has been published in New Glass Review (Volumes 28 and 33) and has been exhibited in a number of solo and group shows internationally, including in 2013 Chroma Culture at Bullseye Gallery, Portland; Inspired by Nature at Hempel Glass Museum, Denmark; and Hot Glass at CAA in London, UK. Pak has held residencies at Bullseye’s Research & Education Studio in Portland, OR; Northlands Glass in Scotland; and Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA.
During her March 2014 Residency at The Studio, Pak explored concepts of breathing—the inhale, exhale, and “floating in the inbetweenness.” Through creation of kiln-formed pieces, she developed a large scale installation that “expresses the fragility of life, of soul, and the hidden inner world of a self as well as the layers of consciousness and perceiving, and the barriers between inner and outer world, that work like half-translucent mirrors.”