The hot, glowing properties of fire, Kästel explains, is the starting point for it all since all furnaces and torches are lit with it.
From melting the glass, to forming the glass with wooden blocks or newspaper and heating it again in the glory hole.
”It’s an incredible material to work with. Everything is so incredibly hot. Fire is always present which forces you to be present as well. You need to think about how you move and what you wear,” she says and adds that glass is so immediate – soft when you start working with it, and when the temperature cools down, very hard and sharp.
The smell of burnt newspaper, the hot temperature, the light in the glassworks. All senses are included in the process of blowing glass. ”There are lots of things that affect you sensorially that I miss if I don’t blow glass,” Kästel says.
Having met during art school, the five artists decided to join forces with a simple purpose: to break norms and traditions associated with the craft. ”We strive for more playfulness when we meet with and work with glass. This includes using technology to create moving installations. There is so much to explore,” Kästel says, and highlights that each of them has separate identities.
While Kästel’s sculptures questions the role of the body, and uses contrasting materials, such as silicon, to make the glass even more distinct, Sara Lundqvist is inspired by spirituality and science fiction when she creates her poetic pieces. Erika Kristofersson Bredberg loves the process of blowing glass and the patterns it leaves behind, Nina Westman is interested in capturing the fragile nature of humans with the fragile nature of glass – and Ammy Olofsson is inspired by exploring contrasts such as traditional craft and new technology.
The group also creates artworks together for specific shows they get invited to, such as recent shows at the North Norwegian Arts Center, and at The Glass Factory in Boda, Småland.
What binds the artists together is their shared passion that is crucial to be able to continue.
”If there is something you really need as an artist it is a drive. You need an ambition to move forward. For me that represents a certain spark that you early on in life realise you have,” Kästel says. ”We need each other to support that”.
BOOM! is a female separatist group exclusively working in glass that consists of the artists Matilda Kästel, Ammy Olofsson, Nina Westman, Erika Kristofersson Bredberg and Sara Lundkvist. Together they want to share their skills and experiences and develop ideas, mount exhibitions and enter collaborations.
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