Slovakian glass sculptor Zora Palova, one of the best european master artisans dedicated to glass sculpture, studied at the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava from 1967. She later specialized in painting and then in 1975 in glass and architecture. Zora became a research professor and glass sculpture teacher at the University of Sunderland, UK, in 1996.
In order to focus on the development of her own work, Zora became a visiting professor from 2003. Zora’s first training as a painter influences her glass sculptural works greatly. Her glassworks replicate the movement of brushstrokes.
She primarily works with glass due to its numerous qualities and characteristics, such as the large range of colors and textures of glass, its strength and fragility. Zora has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and her works feature in both private and public collections.
The color and transparency of glass play very important roles in her works. While carrying out experiments with glass, Zora discovered an inspiring combination of metal alloy and melted glass that captured her attention due to it being transparent and non-transparent, raw and glazed, heavy and light, at the same time. Combining these two materials offers new possibilities, and she intends to continue working with them.
Zora Palova was introduced to the works of the constructivist movement while studying in the then Czechoslovakia. The geometric forms and style associated with this movement are present throughout her work, however the organic forms of many of her works break from rigidity to create a free sense of movement.
Through her works, Zora tries to express her thinking about the world. She wants to express herself, her own energy, to visualize movement, the process of creating glasswork. That is why she chose glass sculpture, to lock the movement of her hands in the surface of her sculptures.
Zora likes to use bright colors. She chooses motifs mainly from nature, as well as colors, but gives every color her own significance. Her works (such as Cell) are given titles that reflect the human organism or psyche.
CELL is a rounded translucent yellow cast glass sculpture with a hollow Centre made using green glass. The surface of the sculpture is not even, creating a sense of movement and openness.
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