tanja SÆTER

Tanja Sæter was born in 1975 and grew up in Oslo. After living in Sweden for ten years, she currently resides in Norway. Artist and glassblower, she is inspired by changing shapes and the potentiality of the “unfinished” in everything that surrounds her. Interactivity plays a key role in her works, creating an open dialogue between the viewer and the artwork. She works with techniques as diverse as neon, fusing, slumping, and flamework. Her speciality is glassblowing. She seeks to contribute to the survival of glassblowing around the world through various projects that open new horizons to the ancient world of glass. She received a commission for a large installation at the new Art and Culture center in Gjøvik, Norway, where quotations in metal and neon covered the walls together with large boxes of blown glass.  The exhibition was opened by the Crown Prince of Norway, Haakon Magnus. She won Norway’s "Sheiblers Legat" award in 2006 and the prestigious “Arts and Crafts Award” in the National Museum of Art in 2009. The curator Lidewij Edelkoort has said of Sæter’s art that ”naïve outlines and primary colours formulate a collection of symbolic shapes drawn from childhood memories, while microscopic references evolve into a field of swirling shapes – circling arcs that are as complete as the circle of life itself”.

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