Covet Foundation had the pleasure and exclusive opportunity to interview the wonderful Geir Nustad, one of the best European master artisans dedicated to glass sculpture and glass blowing art.
First Question – What is the art piece you are most proud of from all the ones you created so far? Why?
“I don’t think there is one art piece in itself that I am especially proud of. However, I am really proud of my Waves’ collection because it was the one that challenged me the most as an artist”, explains the talented master artisan. “Everything was a challenge: the size, shapes and techniques.”
Geir Nustad confesses that he feels as an artist and a craftsman at the same time, since he not only tries to elevate himself in the way he explores his chosen material of expression, glass, but he also breaks aesthetic boundaries. Testing the limits of contemporary glass art is his goal.
“I started making these art pieces without knowing if it would even be possible to create these shapes and forms. With time and passion, I discovered it was possible to go further than I had thought”, he reveals.
If he had to pick one or two from his selection of artworks “it would be the two Waves’ pieces that were showcased at Homo Faber 2018. It warmed my heart as a maker to see my work labeled as ‘The Best of Europe’”.
Last Question – Are you currently working in any new projects? Could you tell us what are the concepts for them, what inspired you and what techniques you are going to use?
“I am currently working on a new exhibition project that is my upcoming solo exhibition in the National Glass Museum, Leerdam, Netherlands. It will be open from 14th December in 2018 until 9th April in 2019”, Geir reveals, unable to hide his enthusiasm. “For me it is a special project in which I can work to create bigger sculptural installations. It will be different from everything people are used to see in my gallery showcases in the past few years.”
Humble, never forgetting his background and origins, the heritage, traditions and ancient techniques that always mark his glassworks, Geir admits: “I want this exhibition to be the starting point of a reflection about my cultural and geographic connection to the North of Norway, where I grew up, and to the sami culture.”
Don’t miss our next article about Geir Nustad’s solo exhibition, another chance to know more about this extraordinary contemporary master artisan.
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