The Last Breaths
Through the material of glass, molten sand forming a liquid through fire, alchemy is still present.
The idea was to form the 'Last Breaths' of 8 women in Småland, Sweden through the artisan skill of glassblowing. By the air of a living lung the shapes were formed to represent the last breaths of these women who were accused, tortured and killed in the progression of 'society' shifting landrights or herbal knowledges by shaping fear and suspicion of the female gender. These women were never given a burial. They were killed between 1550-1626. This is a homage to them. The glass breaths were activated through breathing and making them release different tones.
Working in Småland and with glassblower Peter Kuchinke in the Crystal Kingdom we shaped the glass for the exhibition To Breathe Through The Bones of The Dead at Växjö Konsthall 2019/20. The snakes are made in porcelain and glazed. Snakes were said to be connected to witches and two women were tortured based on the rumour they got all the snakes to wake up early one Spring, on a Sunday and they slithered across the whole village as a bad omen.
Photo: Liam Sprod, Linda Persson and Anders Bergön. Supported by Växjö Konsthall, Helge Ax:son Johnssons Stiftelse, A-N Artists Bursaries