Zuzana Kubelková works in glass sculpture art. Trained in glassmaking in Northern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. After her studies at the High School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking in Železný Brod, from where she graduated in glass pressing, Zuzana undertook studies in glass at J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. Zuzana’s creations include both design pieces and conceptual work.
Zuzana creates dynamic glass, she experiments, fuses it with other substances, analyses and examines it, just as a doctor examines a patient – rationally, but with empathy. She doesn’t support stagnation and continuously wants to look for new territories, new approaches and connections in glassmaking. Since 2007 she has participated in several exhibition projects. She received the first award for her work two years later.
Polypus is a work of art that was revealed to us at Homo Faber 2018, in the “Best of Europe” room. These three pieces were created from fusing and re-melting glass-textile and basalt fibres. The bottom of the objects has been fixed with epoxy. The combination of basalt fibres and glass fibre is visible in the tallest of the three objects. The remaining two objects are made only using fibreglass. The materials used are frequent in protective clothing designed for industry, so they belong to Zuzana’s “industrial” Sui Generis series.
Glass textile is still glass although in the form of microfibre cloth. Her “industrial” project is based on that fact. It processes industrially produced fibres and textiles that are transformed into glass or raw basalt by re-melting.
The fibres are mainly used in high temperature premises, but Zuzana melts them and tries to get rid of this attribute, which is something of a paradox. Linking those two fibres creates visually interesting objects that are hardly predictable. It is truly exciting to experiment never knowing how the fabrics are going to react and how the result is going to be.
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