Redefining glass

Magic phenomenon, spirituality, and science fiction. Those are the main sources of inspiration for Swedish artist Sara Lundkvist, as she creates her glass artworks.

“From mystical darkness to all the colours of the rainbow—I want my glass objects to look like they could come from another world.”

Ever since Sara Lundkvist was a little child, she knew she wanted to be an artist. At a very young age, she started painting and went to pottery classes. After graduating from school, her interest in glass grew and she started at The National School of Glass, located in Orrefors, in the south of Sweden.

Today, Sara Lundkvist has been exploring the possibilities of glass for nearly 20 years and her artworks consist of both blown glass and cast glass. The objects that she creates are a way to question the structures within the traditions and techniques that are typical for the craft. In addition, Lundkvist is interested in exploring cultural aspects: her master’s project at Konstfack in Stockholm was an artistic investigation in glass based on values, aesthetics and social aspects connected to the ‘New Age’ movement and its material artifacts.

”I want my glass objects to be able to mirror desire, hopes, and dreams.”

Sara Lundkvist’s latest works include both smaller objects, as well as larger, spatial installations. By combining and developing new techniques, she explores artistic expressions that we usually do not associate with glassmaking the glass look like other materials or making the glass act in ways that shouldn’t be possible.

“I want my artworks to be viewed like liquid mercury or portals to other worlds.”

The series of artworks that Sara Lundkvist has created especially for The Ode To is called Portals, inspired by science fiction classics like Terminator and Stargate Atlantis. At The Ode To we are intrigued by Sara Lundkvist’s art and her ability to investigate how material objects can carry a deeper importance and value.