What does it mean to you to join the North Lands Creative network and be part of building a community for glass?
For me, it is continuously crucial to be part of a society and human networks. Being part of this network means sharing and receiving genuine opinions from common materials, Glass. We all need these daily feeds to have a better perception of our world.
Tell us about your work. What influences translate into your art practice?
My works were influenced mainly by politics, wars, cultural conflicts, and human interconnections.
All works and thoughts stem from this idea “we must first attain a clear vision of ourselves to apprehend significant aspects of our world.”
Therefore as an artist who uses glass as the primary material in my works, I try to find myself while trying to master glass.
Has this changed the way you approach your work?
Definitely yes. I have been traveling for the last ten years of my life. I have selected torch techniques and then mirror mosaics because of the associations with network concepts, conflicts, and cultural frictions.
What initially captured your imagination about glass?
I think Glass is a material that can be soft or hard, Transparent or opaque, solid, or liquid. A living creature that you have to befriend with to be able to work with. The live character of glass has always charmed me the most.
What’s the significance of the handmade to you?
My body is under the control of my brain, which means my hands can create what I imagine. Despite some limitations, each experience I had with my hands and new materials was a source of later ideas.
What was your route to becoming an artist?
My art journey was started with Painting ( High school diploma). I have then continued with industrial design (B.A), which has enhanced my design and creation abilities. After my B.A, I have series of journeys around the world (Ended in Portugal) to explore various eastern and western cultures. Then I found glass that has influenced all my artworks and professions.