Artist Talk with Æsa Björk and Anne Petters

Welcome to S12´s last Artist talk hosted in Skostredet 12. At this event we will present two outstanding artists who work with glass in a way rarely to be seen in Norway.

Æsa Björk and Anne Petters both challenge the boundaries of glass as a material in combination with other media such as video, sound and light.
Æsa Björk’s exhibition “Shield II” can be seen in S12’s gallery where Anne Petters also will present some results from her period as Artist in Residence in S12.

The presentations will be held on Saturday, April 14th. 2:00 p.m.
The event is free, coffee and tea will be served.

Æsa Björk (Iceland) graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, with a BA (Hons) in 1995 and  MDes in 1997. Early on in her career she focused on glass as a sculptural material which led her to the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague – Umprum  as an exchange student in the studio of Vladimir Kopecky. The stay in Prague had a strong influence on her work, which continues to explore the conceptual and sculptural possibilities of glass, often in combination with other media and materials. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School (EAiR), the Corning Museum of Glass and the sculpture department at NYSCC Alfred University USA 2011-2014, where she also taught. Her work has been shown internationally and is included in the collections of KODE Art Museums in Bergen and the National Museum in Oslo. The body is a constantly recurring theme in her art, which consists of both sculpture and installations. She often works with bold and poetic glass sculptures that incorporate both photo and video. She currently lives and works in Bergen where she is an artistic advisor for S12 Open access studio and Gallery, which she established in 2007. S12 has since grown to become an internationally renowned glass art institution.

Anne Petters is a multi media artist with a strong background in glass. She received a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Institute for Ceramics and Glass Art, Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Germany and a MFA in Sculpture/ Glass from Alfred University, New York. Born in Dresden in 1978 she grew up in the German Democratic Republic. She understands the political change in her country, which she experienced as a displacement of reality, as a basic influence on her lifestyle and artistic work. Her interest in controlling and displaying moments of our fleeting, vulnerable existence leads her to a poetic, metaphoric use of glass and other materials, including natural phenomena.  Anne Petters has been awarded numerous artist residencies, including a fellowship at Wheaton Arts New Jersey in 2012, a residency at the Edinburgh College of Art 2013-2014, the Emerging Artists in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington and a visiting scholar residency at the Southern Illinois University. In 2014 Anne Petters received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Scholarship for excellence in British Craft, London, GB. She taught as Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and is currently leading the glass studio at the City and Guilds of London Art School.