NewsPRESS RELEASE 30.10.2015
Eve Koha – Experiencing Space
Without a clear experience of ‘space’ (either physical or mental) as a whole, a person is free to form his or her own fantasy spaces, even though these may not correspond at all to the ‘spaces’ experienced as a whole later on.
The artist Eve Koha has for many years worked with communicating the idea of existing space and the multiple options for experiencing it through crystal and glass, exploring the optics of the transparent material and using coldworking techniques. In recent years, the artist has focused on the possibilities of laser engraving – she is the only Estonian glass artist consistently using this method in her work.
Her works are composed of transparent solid glass cubes with 3D laser engraved images within them. The engravings are illuminated using LED lights. In order to make the 3D laser engraving, the ideas are initially sketched as 2D drawings and a variety of views from several angles are created. Subsequently, the completed 2-D design is transferred to a computer program, which is read by the 3D-laser. Next, the process of laser engraving takes place, which results in matte fine points inside the glass – it is these points that make up the drawing. To create repetitions and reflections, the specific physical properties of the transparent glass cubes are used.
It is possible to view seven of the artist’s new works in the Staircase Gallery at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.
Eve Koha graduated from the Glass Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) in 1981. After having worked as a freelancer for a few years, she began teaching at the same department where she now works as an associate professor. From 2004 to 2009, Koha studied in the PhD programme of the department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation at EAA. She has exhibited works both in Estonia and internationally since 1983. In addition, she has curated several exhibitions and taken part in glass workshops and symposiums. Eve Koha has compiled two albums on Estonian glass art: “Eesti klaasikunst 60” (Estonian Glass 60) (1997) together with Mare Saare and “Kümme aastat Eesti klaasikunsti 1997–2007” (Ten Years of Estonian Glass art) (2011).
Since 1981 she has been working on the conservation and restoration of historic Estonian glass paintings and has restored stained glass in several Estonian churches (in Tallinn (Church of the Holy Ghost and St Olaf’s), Ruhnu, Paide etc.).
She is also one of the founding members of the ON-Grupp (1990), from 1991 a member of the Estonian Artists Association and since 1998 a member of Glass Art Society (USA). Koha’s works are represented in the collections of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn Art Hall Fund, Frauenau Glass Museum (Germany) and several private collections in the USA and Germany.
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