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Maker

Elke Westen

Elke Westen

Disciplines

Glass

Materials

Glass

My ideas are mainly inspired by nature as the four elements earth, fire, water and air are transformed and integrated into my work. Also, the changing of the seasons and the subtleties of light and colour changes greatly influence the appearance of the piece.The integration of artificial and/or natural light into my artwork is one essential part of my philosophy as an artist.For me, working with glass is like painting with light.Glass, which forms the substrate for the image, is transparent thus making the "canvas" visible from all angles.Background and foreground, the environment, both within and without, become part of the creative whole and like the light (daylight and/or artificial light), an integral part of the artistic totality. These environmental elements, moreover, are subject to continuous change thereby creating a variety of visual impacts on the viewer. It is my intention to unite the viewer and the artistic creation in a unique, personal and long lasting visual experience.It is particularly important to the achievement of that experience that my glassworks are viewed over time from different angles and under varying conditions, both environmental and personal. In each circumstance – night, day, mood, emotion – different meanings can expressed.

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