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Tora Urup (born 1960) is an artist specialized within the fields of glass and ceramics. She started her career working with ceramic art in Tokoname, Japan in 1982-83, after which she studied glass and ceramics at the School of Applied Arts in Denmark. In 1994, Tora Urup graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and subsequently returned to Denmark to collaborate with Holmegaard Glassworks and Royal Copenhagen porcelain, after which she opened her own studio. Her glass sculptures have been acquisitioned by both private collectors and museum collections such as The Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki Finland; Design Museum Denmark; MUDAC (The Museum of Art and Contemporary Design), Switzerland; The Craft and Design Museum Reykjavik Iceland; Coburg Glass Museum, Germany; Kunstforeningen af 14 August, Denmark; and the Glass Museum, Ebeltoft Denmark. In 2014, Galerie Maria Wettergren held the solo exhibition “Seeing Is Forgetting The Name Of The Things One Sees”.

Tora Urup has since 2001 shown a particular interest in exploring the visual effects obtained within a series of circular glass sculptures in vibrant colors of thin opaque and thick transparent glass. This body of work is reflecting Tora Urup’s investigation into the specific role played by color and material in our perception of volume and space and reveals the artist’s interest in altering archetypes like the glass bowl into dreamlike objects. By combining subtle colors and making them interplay with each other by varying the glass thickness, Tora Urup enables new spatial perceptions that reverse our conventional understanding of the traditional glass bowl. The interior volumes of these trompe-l’oeil sculptures seem to float independently of their exterior, and by the careful juxtaposition and treatment of cut and polished surfaces, Tora Urup is creating a genuine illusion of a seemingly infinite and liquid space inside a physically restraint volume. What we thought was solid is void whereas what looks hollow is actually massive. The visual impact is considerable as these pieces stimulate and sharpen our senses and make us question what we are actually looking at.

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