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Maria Koshenkova

Maria Koshenkova is a native of St. Petersburg, where she also got her Master´s Degree at the Art and Design Academy. She has been living and working in Denmark for more than seven years, but still keeps contact with Russian architects, cooperating on various art projects. Her works were selected for prestigious international competitions like The Kanazawa International Prize, The Coburg Glass Prize, The Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Prize, The IGP 2012 Lommel.

As an artist, she typically works in series and prior to the execution in glass she makes a number of sketches and drawings. She admits to being a less than excellent blower nevertheless she works mostly on her own without an assistant. Despite some technical limitations, Maria Koshenkova shows a great deal of creativity and artistic invention. Smaller elements are reheated and joined, some times even broken with a hammer. After annealing, the sculpture is cut and grained to bring out the hidden layers of colours and cracks.

For two years Maria Koshenkova worked on the series “Hearts” – heart as a most essential life organ, or as a widely used and trite symbol and even as meat to cook. In drawings she studies the structure and afterwards she aims for many differently shaped pieces, to imbue a sense of brokenness, fragility and durability – properties which can characterize both glass and a heart. Partly collapsed, imperfect form fixates the way energy is transformed in a stage between life and death.

Besides sculptures, the artist has created a number of interesting space specific installations, mostly in combination with other materials like porcelain, wire etc. She also works with unica - jewellery.

Pavla Rossini PhD

Maria Koshenkova - Variations of Liberty.
This is a series of sculptures I created during my Wheaton residency in the USA.
I want to express - through a sculptural language – that the idea of Liberty/freedom is a very personal thing. What makes one person free could make another feel locked up and depressed.
I really started to contemplate about this when I was working in the studio listening to a BBC coverage of the crisis in Ukraine. I have a foot in each camp so to speak. I am living in the west by choice. But my Russian background also gives me a deep rooted grasp of a phenomenon that for many westerners seem absurd – Namely that liberal democracy for some is perceived as anything but a symbol of freedom.

In all my works it is important for me to use local visual materials. So in this case I wanted to use the most American symbol of all – The Statue of Liberty. It is banal and extremely recognizable.

In the process I sculpted a copy of the face of the statue, made a flexible silicone mold of it and used it to make multiple positives and negatives which are deformed in different ways.
The free deformation which I can influence but can not totally predict is an important theme for me as well as using both parts of the mold making is (positives and negatives).

I wanted to keep all the disadvantages and natural movements of the wax material I used for making the molds and preserve them in the glass. I also wanted to keep the natural ability of the glass to run out of the mold to show the contrast between this and more controlled glass shapes.

I use glass for these sculptures for two reasons:
1 - It is the most comfortable material for me to work with.
2 - It has strong own will (freedom) which I find challenging to combine with my own will.

So these works are essentially about freedom and the varieties of it.

Maria Koshenkova
Was born in 1981 St.Petersburg. Russia. Based in Copenhagen. Denmark
1998 – 2004 State Academy of Art and Design in St. Petersburg – MA degree, Russia
2003 – 2004 Glassblowing course, Bornholm, Denmark
2004 Glass Design Program at Kalmar University, Sweden
2005 – 2006 Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, guest student.Denmark
Solo exhibitions
2015 S12 Gallery and workshop. Bergen Norway “ Familiar Structures “
2014 Clara Scremini gallery, Paris, France
2012 Kunstraum B, Kiel, Germany
2012 AlGallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2011 Galleri Jytte Møller, Fredericia, Denmark
2009 The Glassery, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 Esplanaden3, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 The Glassery , Stockholm, Sweden
Selected group exhibitions
2016 Hempel Glasmusem ” Glasur”. Denmark
2016 BODILY SKILLS Gartenversion.In collaboration with Claudia Scarsella, Uli Aigner and Pauline Doutreluingne.Berlin
2016 PAD Paris with Clara Scremini Gallery. France
2016 BRAFA Art Fair with Clara Scremini Gallery. Brussels
2015 GLASS LAB SESSION ´15, Glass Art Centre, Glassworks František,Sázava. Czech Republic
2015 Ebeltoft Glass Museum. Denmark. “DG15 “- 40 years of Contemporary Glass in Denmark
The Islip Art Museum, Long Island. NY, USA.“Wan.der.lust”. New York Contemporary Art Symposium.
Substance 2015 “Norwegian Wood”, Bredgade Kunsthandel. Copenhagen
Land Art Festival Archstoyanie. Moscow. Collaboration w/architect Alexey Kozyr. Moscow. Russia
Ground Moscow. Zazemlenie. Street Art Progect “ Perciouse “
2014 LENTOS Kunstmuseum LinzAustria. “LENIN:ICEBREAKER.”
Sophienholm,“Glasss”, Lyngby, Denmark
2D International Glass Art Exhibition, Lithuania, Estonia. Latvia.
Leontia Gallery, “Flash” London , UK
2013 “Glass”, Holstebro Art Museum, Denmark
The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2013, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan & Notojima Glass Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan
International Contemporary Art festival ARTBAT FEST.Kazakhstan
“LENIN:ICEBREAKER”, Austrian Cultural Forum, Moscow & Murmansk, Russia
Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Russia
Laboratoria Art&Sience Space” Ice Laboratory”. Moscow. Russia.
2012 International glass prize 2012. “Object “Flemish Center for Contemporary Glass Art, Lommel, Belgium
Substance 2012, Bredgade Kunsthandel. Copenhagen
The Ludwig Museum”Resonant matter “ St.Petersburg, Russia
2011 The Ludvig Museum “Gates and Doors” ,St. Petersburg, Russia
2010 The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2010, Design Center Ishikawa & Notojima Glass Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan
Talente 2010 , Germany. Munich
2009 Zwieseler Kolbl , Glass prize exhibition, Germany
Plateaux Gallery, London, UK
The 4th international triennial of visual arts,“Otpechatki” Petrozavodsk, Russia
2008 Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia
2006 Coburg Glass Prize exhibition, Germany.
2016 Hempels Kulturfond. Hempels Glaspris. Denmark
2015 Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond. Denmark
2013 Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Talnt Prize. Germany
2015 Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond. Denmark
2014 Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, Denmark
The Danish Art Foundation Grant for production of works for DG-15 at Ebeltoft Glass Museum
The Danish National Bank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, Denmark
Knud Højgaard’s Foundation, Denmark
The Danish Art Foundation Travel Grant
2013 The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Germany
2004 Slipner Grant, Scandinavian Arts exchange, Denmark
2016 Artist in Residence,Glass Art Centre, Glassworks František,Sázava. Czech Republic
2015 Artist in Residence, S12 Studio and Gallery, Bergen, Norway
2014 Fellowship program at the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA)
Artist in Residence at experimental art space ZIP Zavod. Krasnodar. Russia
2013 Artists in Residence at Berlin Glas e.V., Berlin, Germany
2012 Artist in Residence Art En Voyage Paris, France
Artist in Residence,Kulturvermittlung Steiermark, Graz , Austria
2008 Artist in Residence, Nord Art 2008, Germany
Teaching and Lectures
2013 Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, Visiting lecturer , UK
2011 Engelsholm folk high school, Guest lecturer, Denmark
2014-ongoing Collaboration w/architect Alexey Kozyr. Moscow. Russia
2012 Production of personal design and art works Glazen Huis, Lommel, Belgium
2009-ongoing Founder of Koshmar company for production of Unique Sculptural Jewelry
2005 Guests artist, with Monica Backström, Orrefors Experimental Workshop, Sweden
2005 Design/Production of light object, collaboration w/architect Vyacheslav Homutov. Russia
2004 Kosta-Boda factory, Sweden, production of personal design
Hempel Glass Museum. Denmark
The Ludwig Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia
Kanazawa, Japan & Notojima Glass Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan
Museum of American Glass,NJ,USA
“New Collection”, The Perm Foundation, Perm, Russia
Private collections Denmark, Austria, Germany,France and Russia
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