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Glass 13.0 × 30.0 × 27.0 cm

Feleksan crafted this work by blowing flat discs, enriched with textured granules for depth before delicately placing them in a fusing kiln, using a mould inspired by her experimentation with textiles. The resulting forms are then cold-worked to shape the sculpture vessel. The pieces offer versatility, as some can be displayed either horizontally or vertically, adapting to various settings and perspectives.

The genesis of this sculpture emerged during the artist’s time in the Mediterranean. Hours spent on a sailboat afforded her the chance to observe the intricate structures and fluid movements of waves. Each hour of the day bestowed unique reflections upon these waves, as the colors of the horizon melded into the sea, crafting an ever-changing kaleidoscope of hues.

Feleksan Onar

About the Artist

Feleksan Onar (b. 1966, Ankara) brings a unique blend of academic pursuits and artistic passion to her creative journey. With a bachelor’s degree in economics and music history from Cornell University and further studies at Harvard Business School, the ideas behind her intricate, emotionally charged glass sculptures are multifarious, transcending any geographical or historical boundaries. Onar uses ateliers in Pera, Istanbul, Berlin, and Murano, her artworks taking abstract and unconventional forms created by techniques such as fusing, casting, blowing, flameworking, and cold-cut glass.

Feleksan Onar has exhibited globally, most recently at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (2023-24). Her works are featured in public collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Pergamon Museum, Berlin; the Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki; the Contemporary Glass Art Museum, Eskisehir; and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

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