Tell us about yourself!
My name is Anna Eggert. I am a Swedish artist living and working in Gothenburg. I have a Masters degree in Textile Art and started my career working with screen-printing and textile sculpture. In 1999 I had the opportunity to learn screen printing and painting on glass and was completely absorbed by this new medium. Since then I have been working with glass. I have done several public commissions. Screen-printing, painting and kiln casting are my main techniques. At the moment I am focused on kiln casting float glass.
What draws you to the material?
I am drawn towards the transparency of glass and the way it catches the light. I also love its double nature - it´s fragile but also hard. Although its contrasts and resistance are challenging and it is not easy to tame, all the time testing and experimenting to see where its boundaries are, how far I can go.
I also like to combine it with other materials like metal (mostly iron) and concrete because the qualities of the glass become even more visible.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I seek a poetic entrance to tell the story about the miracle of life. Small forms of life in water and on land have been a focus and interest for me for a long time. There is an incredible world of forms. All these organisms are so fascinating: small and fragile, yet strong and vigorous. They epitomize the fragility and strength of life. My aim is not to depict but to create an interpretation or a reflection.
What is your dream project?
To receive the opportunity and economic support to make a public commission or exhibition in a space that affords me the opportunity to think big.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I might be a marine biologist
Why are you a member of GAS?
I like the idea of being a part of an international community and hope to develop my international contacts. I joined to be able to participate in the fantastic Murano Conference and hope to be able to attend future conferences.
To learn more about Anna Eggert, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE