Jellyfish installation

Installation
2010 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Steffen Dam trained and worked as a toolmaker before he turned his attention to glass. The uncompromising nature of this material exactly fitted the precise and analytic way of thinking he was taught when constructing industrial tools.

While working as a glass-maker, Steffen became interested in the aesthetics of unplanned faults and irregularities caused during the making process. He learned to explore and enhance the subtle beauty of air bubbles, ash marks, soot residue, cracks and crookedness. With complete mastery, he now combines these impurities with metallic oxides and foils to create wonderfully subtle three dimensional pictures within a solid form of colourless glass.
Steffen Dam finds inspiration in historic cabinets of curiosities and taxonomic collections of specimens preserved in alcohol in glass vials and bottles. His Jellyfish installation is an example of his 'Marine Biology' series. In which he conjures up all sorts of sea-creatures within a solid cylinder of glass.


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Parts
This object consists of 7 parts.

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Materials and Techniques
Glass, silver foil and carbon layers, hot-sculpted at the furnace, cast in a cylinder in a sand moulds, ground and fire polished, foot and lid attached with UV glue
Brief Description
Jellyfish installation, a group of seven solid glass forms, shaped as specimen jars, made by Steffen Dam, Handrup (Ebeltoft), Denmark, 2010
Physical Description
Jellyfish installation, a group of seven cyllindrical solid glass forms, shaped as specimen jars with attached glass feet and lids. With silver foil and carbon layers, hot-sculpted, cast in a cylinder in a sand mould, ground and fire-polished, to create jellyfish forms within the solid glass form.
Dimensions
  • C.92 1 2011 height: 17.78cm
  • C.92 1 2011 diameter: 11.6cm
  • C.92 2 2011 height: 26.67cm
  • C.92 2 2011 diameter: 6.5cm
  • C.92 3 2011 height: 19.05cm
  • C.92 3 2011 diameter: 5.5cm
  • C.92 4 2011 height: 21.59cm
  • C.92 4 2011 diameter: 5.5cm
  • C.92 5 2011 height: 13.97cm
  • C.92 5 2011 diameter: 9cm
  • C.92 6 2011 height: 25.4cm
  • C.92 6 2011 diameter: 6.5cm
  • C.92 7 2011 height: 19.05cm
  • C.92 7 2011 diameter: 5.5cm
Gallery Label
Steffen Dam (Born 1961) Jellyfish installation 2010 In this work, Steffen Dam has replicated with remarkable verisimilitude the specimen jars found in natural history collections. Dam’s interest lies in the aesthetics of faults and irregularities caused during the making process. He enhances and controls these using metallic oxides and foils to create subtle three dimensional pictures within a solid form of colourless glass. Denmark (Handrup, Ebeltoft) Glass, silver foil and carbon layers, sculpted at the furnace, sand-cast into colourless glass, ground and fire polished, attached foot and lid. Museum no. C.92-2011. Purchased with support of the Friends of the V&A (5/3/2014)
Credit line
Supported by the Friends of the V&A
Object history
This installation was shown by Joanna Bird at the Collect 2011, London.
Summary
Steffen Dam trained and worked as a toolmaker before he turned his attention to glass. The uncompromising nature of this material exactly fitted the precise and analytic way of thinking he was taught when constructing industrial tools.



While working as a glass-maker, Steffen became interested in the aesthetics of unplanned faults and irregularities caused during the making process. He learned to explore and enhance the subtle beauty of air bubbles, ash marks, soot residue, cracks and crookedness. With complete mastery, he now combines these impurities with metallic oxides and foils to create wonderfully subtle three dimensional pictures within a solid form of colourless glass.

Steffen Dam finds inspiration in historic cabinets of curiosities and taxonomic collections of specimens preserved in alcohol in glass vials and bottles. His Jellyfish installation is an example of his 'Marine Biology' series. In which he conjures up all sorts of sea-creatures within a solid cylinder of glass.
Associated Object
Bibliographic Reference
The Corning Museum of Glass, 2012. 'New Glass Review 33. The Corning Museum of Glass', New York, p. 106.
Collection
Accession Number
C.92:1 to 7-2011

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record createdNovember 9, 2011
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