Ginkgo biloba 2016 at The Finnish Glass Museum
 

Artist Statement

 

My material is glass due to its clean, fascinating character. I create glass sculptures and unique durables as well as limited series of products. My focus is on the features of the material and versatile techniques. Selecting glass as the material must be well-founded in order to avoid results that resemble other materials. The process of glass-blowing fascinates me in particular, but I also use other production methods. My idiom is clear and soft; I like pure, bright colours, black and white, and simplification. I always strive at a technically high-quality end result, but the most important factor is the aesthetic quality of a work of art or a product.

My works address various themes, such as medicalisation, alteration of natural structures, and forms that are not visible to the naked eye but can be concretised by microbiology. I am fascinated by the tiny visual structures in life that occur in nature and our built environment. My work can start from plants featured in a nature documentary, a piece of composed music, a film, architecture, or advertising, for example. I transfer the details that I note into glass. My works are a reflection of how I understand beauty. 


CV

Veera Helmi Remes
born 1983 Tampere, Finland
Glass designer

Education:   
2008-2010 Tavastia vocational college, Artisan of glassblowing
2002-2006 Kuopio Academy of Design, Ceramics and glass Design, Designer 

Postgraduate studies and courses
2014 Lampworking, Davide Penso, Nuutajärvi, Finland
2012 Lampworking, Fabio Marcomin, Carisolo, Italy
2010 Breaking Symmetry- workshop, Slate Grove, Nuutajärvi, Finland  
2008 Kilncasting, Emma Varga, The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey  
2008 Beadmaking, Lea Swantz, Kihniö, Finland  
2006- 2007 Kuopio Academy of Design, specialization in glassdesign, Kuopio, Finland 

Private exhibitions 
2015 Blanc de blancs, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland
2014 Hiljaisuus, S-gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Group exhibitions (latest) 
2016 EGC2016 – Curated, European Glass Context 2016, Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark
2016 Accident – 10 Finnish Glass Artists, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland  
2016 Talente 2016 competition exhibition, International Trade Fair Münich, Germany
2015 Finnish Glass Art 7, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland
2014 EGE – European Glass Experience, Finland, Portugal, Spain and Italy
2014 Illuusio summer exhibition, The old glass factory, Riihimäki, Finland
2013 Lasismi, Gernheim Glass Museum, Petershagen, Germany  
2013 Kattaillen, Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, Finland
2013 Ornamo artists, Helsinki, Finland
2012 The Void, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki, Finland   
2012 Lasismi - Studioglassartists, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland  
2011 Finnish Glass Art, around Europe

Grants  
2016 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The Arts Council of Uusimaa
2015 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The Arts Council of Häme
2012 Vantaa city
2011 Ethel E.E. Remes Foundation  
2010 Finnish Cultural Foundation  
2008 Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Savo Foundation 

Work in collections
The Murano Glass Museum
Kuopio Academy of Design
The Finnish Glass Museum
Ristomatti Ratia private collection

Membership
Lasismi Co-op 2010- Founder member
Ornamo - The Finnish Association of Designers

WORKS

 

News

Exhibition: ROY AURINKO and HELMI REMES "TWO SIDES OF EVERYTHING"

Galleria Kajaste, Oulu, Finland 10. – 28.5. 2017. Welcome!

New products for Rosenthal

(February 2017)

Riite glassware, designed by Helmi Remes

Balancing perfection with imperfection and beauty with uneven shapes, Finnish glass artist Helmi Remes has designed a new vase series made from transparent glass. A smooth, rounded body meets a rough-looking sleeve made from white murrine-style glass. The interplay of different lengths, rounded edges and tiny imperfections in the glass provides impressive evidence of the handcrafted artistry of the glass-blowing and skilfully draws the eye over the vibrant surface. The crystalline vases, each one unique, act as a powerful design statement on the perfection of the imperfect. Riite is limited to 49 pieces worldwide. More information www.rosenthal.de

Exhibitions: 

For the exhibition titled Accident, I've created larger sculptures than ever before and an installation that consists of 13 parts. I use various glass-processing techniques, including blowing into a plaster mould. My works are darkish, mostly pure black combined with clear glass. They've been inspired by flora, flowers, and the parts of flowers. The theme, Accident, is expressed as a concept through which I address nature polluted by a nuclear disaster, and alterations in plants due to radiation. My works are abstract with references to actual plants.

Accident - 10 Finnish Glass Artists exhibition is a significant main exhibition at The Finnish Glass Museum located in RIihimäki. The exhibition is open from 20th of May until 31st of December 2016.

10 glass artists and glass blowers took part in the exhibition by a series of works or installations. Members of the work group are Alma Jantunen and Johannes Rantasalo from Lasisirkus, Helmi Remes, Maria Jutila, Toni Kokkila, Kaappo Lähdesmäki, Kimmo Reinikka ja Joonas Laakso from Lasismi cooperative and Susanne Koskimäki and Matti Vilppula. 

www.suomenlasimuseo.fi

 

EGC2016 – Curated 10. Sep. - 13. Nov. 2016

The exhibition at Bornholm Art Museum is curated by a group of 6 curators. Participation in this exhibition, is by nomination only.

A minimum of 1, and a maximum of 2 artists from each of the 31 European countries has been accepted and is represented with 1- 2 principal pieces of work.

From Finland Helmi Remes and Riika Latva-Somppi has been chosen to present their art.

More information www.europeanglasscontext.com  Instagram #europeanglasscontext2016

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REACH ME

I am interested in all kinds of cooperation with artists, designers, craft artists, and companies. Please don't hesitate contact me. My works are created at the Lasismi glass studio located in the old factory of the Riihimäki Glassworks. Learn more about Lasismi at www.lasismi.fi

If you are interested in a particular piece of work or want to discuss my work, please write an e-mail at vhremes@gmail.com

 

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