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Glass 9.5 × 9.5 × 28.0 cm

This work is inspired by Stone Age sculptors who carved small, sleek, surprisingly modern-looking human figures with their heads tilted back, eyes staring upward to the sky, these statues are known as “stargazers.” Only about 30 are known to exist. We can only conjecture the purpose or function of these ancient objects, created before written language. All of them were buried, and most are broken at the neck. The deliberate removal of the head from the body most likely occurred before the figure was confined to the ground, indicating perhaps that the burial had ritual meaning and significance. With this simple yet strong piece, Feleksan aims to pay respect to ancient sculptors of our lands.

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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