Matilda Kästel views her artistry as a tool for political influence. Her work is progressive both ideologically and in terms of craftsmanship, and she thereby challenges norms in glass art and in society at large. She often combines glass with other materials, such as plastic, silicone, concrete or metal, to highlight the dissimilarities of the materials. Feminism is a consistent theme of Kästel’s work, and much of her artistic practice takes place through the female separatist glass group BOOM! The group’s purpose is to create a safe space in which knowledge and experiences can be exchanged, and where art can be created under more liberal conditions. The exhibition “Fridlyst” also explores safe space, free from society’s oppressive norms, but based on the contrasts between civilization and nature. Matilda Kästel holds a master’s degree from the University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm, and her work has been shown at the Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset, as well as the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington, US.
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