LAURA LAINE: Egg, Sugar & Pink Flora / Gallery Sidetrack
Laura Laine (b. 1983) has achieved renown as an illustrator in Finland and internationally, but has also been working with glass since 2014. Her expressive, imaginative work resembles glass space rockets on a launch pad, deep-sea corals or spiky trophies. The exuberant detail of her work easily brings Baroque and Rococo to mind. Likewise, Laine’s techniques have a real pop-art sensibility, but the tone in her works is more sensitive and coquettish.
Laine is interested in colours, picturesqueness and even the craziest possibilities of glass. The free-blown glass pieces were designed on Laine’s drawing table, and Czech master glassblowers Emil Kovac and Robert Lenner did the actual blowing at Nuutajärvi Glass Village in collaboration with the artist.
Laura Laine, Sugar, 2021, photo: Jussi Tiainen