Since 2007, Danish artist Stine Bidstrup has been working on a series of related works called Studies in Search of Order and Chaos. It is an ongoing work-in-progress project, inspired by her continued investigation of the connections between vision, body and the world around us.
Motivated by the idea of glass as a lense or a membrane, she uses its optical qualities to focus, distort, enlarge, reflect and transform the world and examines what it means to sense. Based on a fundamental fascination of the meeting between pattern and surface and pattern and volume, her blown pieces integrate different patterns.
My work begins with digital reworking of the grid and other geometrically organized and disorganized patterns from Western and Middle East culture. When connected with the elasticity typical of hot glass, I attempt to construct and build with a line in order to seize the form as a whole with a pattern.
Interference, overlaps and optical vibrations appear in the patterns but imperfection and gleams of coincidence can be seen in some of the details, as the pieces are handmade.
With a watchful eye on three dimensional illustrations of mathematical, physical concepts such as infinity, chaos theory and the infinite variations of certain patterns, I examine the use of ornamentation as an expansion of form and expression.
Stine Bidstrup (b. 1982, Copenhagen) studied at the School of Glass and Ceramics at Bornholm, DK, 2004, and the Danish School of Design, Institute for product design, and Rhode Island School of Design, USA, 2004-2006. She has exhibitied in Denmark, USA, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Norway and is represented in several Danish and international collections.