Beate Einen Glassblåsing - foto Monica Johansen

Beate Einen - Glass installation

The exhibition opens Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 PM, with an introduction by Anne Britt Ylvisåker, Senior Curator at KODE Bergen.

150 square-meters filled 7 meters high with art glass

Beate Einen from Sotra hopes to surprise visitors when she opens the doors to her solo exhibition at Sogn and Fjordane Museum in Førde on February 23.

Einen has previously exhibited at an array of high-profile galleries and art fairs, including Sotheby’s and Saatchi Gallery in London, Sofa in Chicago, and Objet in Paris. This exhibit is different, says Einen, “bigger, more experimental and striking. I play with the surfaces of the room and fill the walls, ceiling, and floor with installations. For me, this is an entirely different approach to working with glass.”

Einen studied glass for 8 years, including three years of technical glass-blower training from Kosta Boda Glass Blowing School in Sweden, and a one-year apprenticeship under Vidar Koksvik and Kari Håkonsen. She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in glass from England. Einen has worked with everything from handcrafted functional glassware to sculptural lighting pieces. This exhibit represents a new form of work for Einen, and a comeback for her art. In spite of frequent and continuous exhibitions, she’s had a lengthy hiatus from the creation of any new work. When her mother became seriously ill with cancer in 2011, Einen’s creative spark fizzled and she found herself needing a break from her hectic artist’s lifestyle. Since then she’s settled in Askøy and had two children in 2015 and 2017 respectively. “My life is falling into in place again”, says Einen.

In the fall of 2017 Einen completed an artist’s residency at S12, a previous workplace, and had access to their unique workshop as well as the assistance of Jessie Blackmer (USA) and Patricia Šichmanová (Slovakia). “It’s been incredible to have the opportunity to work with glass again. My creativity is rejuvenated and it’s almost challenging to limit the flow of ideas. The creative process often mimics life, and when adversity is met, feelings accumulate and the need to create grows stronger over time. The creative process is a means to manage what life throws our way”, says Einen.

Einen’s exhibition will be characterized by contrasts, with a backdrop of darkness ever giving way to light. The work primarily consists of large installations in which hand-blown glass is a chief element and lighting an essential player. This is a different variety of glass exhibit; installations take over the walls, floor and ceiling of the sizeable 150 square-meter space in which Einen has been given to frolic.

Exhibition Coordinator: Inghild Venås, SFKM

Photographer: Monica Johansen