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Tora Urup

Smaragdgreen. Opaque and Transparent. Three Layers

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In her trompe l’œil glass sculptures, Danish artist Tora Urup (b. 1960) explores the specific role played by color and material in our perception of volume and space. Since 2001, Urup has 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, revealing 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’œil sculptures seem to float independently of their exterior, and by the careful juxtaposition and treatment of cut, polished, and mattbrushed surfaces, she is creating a genuine illusion of a seemingly infinite and liquid space inside a physically restrained volume.

Tora Urup


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    Blown, cut and polished uncolored glass with layers of colored under- and overlay.

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    11.0 x 0.0 x 31.5 cm (4.3 x 0.0 x 12.4 in)

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