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Feleksan OnAr
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Felekşan Onar’s works in glass deal with the notions of identity, constructed narratives, historical relations and impacts of politics on society, while drawing on sources from her personal history as well as collective memory. She particularly focuses on the cultural interaction that evolved through the art of glass making between different geographies. In Onar’s works she uses several glass-making techniques to present the amazing qualities of the material she has fallen in love with. Each piece reflects her expertise in the glass making techniques of blowing, casting and fusing and mirror the sense of lightness and grace by translating the simple and skilfully aesthetic into glass. Producing glass art, to use her own words, “not only expresses my past and present, but also my anxieties and expectations for future. Through glass, I speak, breathe and live.” Felekşan Onar completed her undergraduate degree in Economics and Music History at Cornell University and further studies at Harvard Business School. She started off in a private atelier and later on received her formal education in glass at Glass Furnace, Istanbul. In 2003, she initiated her own atelier, Fy-shan Glass Studio that designs and produces limited-edition functional glass art, objects and lighting. In her studio, she collaborates internationally with design brands, architects, interior designers and design galleries to create special collections and commissions. Recent solo shows include ‘’Perched”, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden (2020), “Encode”, Palazzo Loredan, Venice (2020) “Foresta”, Les Ateliers Courbet, New York (2019) “Perched”, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2019); “41X”, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice (2018); “Perched. An installation from Felekşan Onar”, Pergamon Museum, Berlin (2018); group exhibitions include “Oh, What a World! What a World!”, New Jersey Visual Arts Center, New York (2018); and “1001 Nights”, Arkas Art Center, Izmir (2018). Her works are included in international collections such as; Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Pergamon Museum (Berlin), Neue Galerie Design Shop (New York) and The Finnish Glass Museum (Riihimäki), among others as well as in local and private collections. Onar lives in Istanbul and contines to work in Berlin, Murano and New York. Onar has recently published her first book “Perched” (2020), published and internationally distributed by Paul Holberton Publishing, London.

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