Maria Bang Espersen
|Tekniker:||Glas, Installationer, Keramik, Konceptuell konst, Konsthantverk, Skulptur, Video|
My work addresses current political issues either through analogies to historical events or through a discussion of architectural landscapes and their sedimented meanings. I am particularly concerned with the hierarchies established from fictionalized narratives. Through idealizations of reality, humans continuously create stories that are better than the real, and this imagined reality informs and shapes current political goals. This act effectively influences our relations to those not fitting into the mythical narrative and furthers a lack of empathy towards the Other – no matter the extent of fiction inherent in the first place. Nationalism, for instance, often is a memory of a utopia that never existed. It is a strategy to continue operating within the same hierarchies that have already existed for centuries.
I find criticality towards previously established norms vital, particularly when paired with the aim to understand others as well as the desire for collective improvements of today’s issues. As an artist, I believe that our actions have consequences for those around us and that we must therefore think carefully of the language we use as well as the stories we tell, as they contribute to defining the history that affects our future.
My work in glass is a constant quest for diversity and possibility and a reminder that things can be different from what they currently are. I work around the idea that all things are malleable, like glass, and that nothing can be permanently defined as right or wrong. My experimental works in glass are therefore not only a technique, but also a statement. One that states never to get caught up in restrictive norms or to obey established hierarchies. To rather be liberated from other’s restrictions and to transform them into positive forms. My work is a play with possibilities within material and the result often goes against classic rules on what is allowed in glass. Many of my works use cracked glass, either as an aesthetic comment or as a statement about change, development, and possibility.