Archaeology of the 21st Century, 2020, Suly Bornstein Wolff
Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Photo: Hadar Saifan
Glass objects (readymade), metal
Suly Bornstein Wolff, b. 1957
Glass, for me, is a raw material with endless potential – the transparencies, color, texture and forms serve as a source of daily inspiration for creating objects. Like a déjà vu, this noble and fragile material brings together different periods, countries and states in my personal history, as well as in collective history.
I use glass in its various forms to “construct” buildings that “climb” upwards and/or dangle from the ceiling – structures influenced by Gothic architecture, as well as by the temples of India, the world of design, vegetation, textile patterns and colors, and more.
This series was born several years ago, with a collection of glass perfume bottles. I then began buying special crystal and glass pieces in various stores and markets. I was especially drawn to old, dusty items in dark, forgotten corners.
In this series, I make use of glass objects (glass shades, bottles, and pitchers made in Murano or fine crystal ware made in the Czech Republic (former Bohemia), or plain ordinary glassware,) as well as porcelain dishes – some handmade and others industrially produced.
The combination of readymade glass objects from different periods, which were created using a range of techniques, transforms a functional, practical material and image – that of a lighting fixture – into a sculptural object, while combining old and new, functional and decorative elements, craft and industrial production.”
On display at the Migdal Gallery, Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design, MUZA – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv.