8th March is International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we chose to focus on one of the artists in the Aurora: Contemporary Nordic Glass Art exhibition running now, who questions the values placed by society on gender, indentity, and consumer politics. Watch our interview with her below, and come explore her installation You look nice in your hair! (2013) on view at the Museum.
Åsa Jungnelius was born in 1975. She studied at Stockholm School of Art and at Pilchuk Glass School in Seattle, USA. She works in Boda, in the Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket), Sweden. Whether in the form of utensils or, as is more frequent, themed sculptures and exhibitions, her glass creations, which somehow transmit a glamorous and sensual gleam, capture the attention and create pleasure and impact. Her work creates a space, in which one can critically raise questions on phenomena and attitudes in society.
Her motifs, either lipsticks, bottles of perfume or shoes, focus on consumer society aesthetics, deducing the consequences. Changing the scale of the object and placing it on a pedestal is a way of tuning the aesthetics. She often places the object within a context of feminist sexual politics. Her glass art, politicised in this way, poses questions on gender, consumption, identity, taste, aesthetics, and power. An artistic language is created out of the symbolic value of the object and the material, in which it is clothed.
Through combining glass with materials such as chains, leather, and furs, she shows the ambivalence of the objects we know, and reframes and questions sexual stereotypes. One of her best known sculptures is Snippan, a neutral vagina designed with no cultural loading or masculine sexualisation.
The exhibition Aurora: Contemporary Nordic Glass Art can be seen at Pera Museum until 20th April.