The Presence of Absence by Milena Kling

Published on March 10, 2013

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In observation of traces, the work “THE PRESENCE OF ABSENCE” by graduate Milena Kling emphasizes the potential of the invisible, which stimulates our imagination.

The project includes the glass collections RAW and RUBY, which present new haptic and visual qualities by reinterpreting common production strategies of mouth-blown glass. In the process of blowing the glass in molds of copper mesh and copper sheets, the glass is transformed and the copper merges with the glass and leaves ruby patterns behind or creates a sense of textile roughness on the perfect surface of the glass. The individual reaction of the material allows to tell a personal story of the genesis of each glass. By capturing independent effects, the THE PRESENCE OF ABSENCE presents objects where traces of the production process make every piece unique and a witness of its creationism.

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Is nominated for “TALENTE 2013”.  She combines the traditional craft of mouthblowing glas with copper and invented a new technique of colouring and texturizing the material

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In observation of traces, the work emphasizes the potential of the invisible, which stimulates our imagination.

About Milena Kling

She is a young designer based in Berlin. Fascinated by natural phenomena, the inner character of materials and the quality of gestures, her work is based on distinct intuition and precision in detail that derives from her mindful observations. While cultivating experiments she is interested in narration that articulates in the object she creates.

Milena Kling

The project is realised in cooperation with Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte. Images by Hannes Geipel and Andreas Schimanski.


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