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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Contemporary Glass, Room 129, The Märit Rausing Gallery

Tactual Stimulation

Form
2006 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Dafna Kaffeman (born 1972)
Tactual Stimulation
2006

Kaffeman is one of the few contemporary artists to exploit the full creative potential of lamp-worked glass. In this work, she explores the complex psychology around our urge to touch things that are both beautiful and dangerous, alluring and repulsive.


Israel (Tel Aviv)
Lamp-worked glass filaments on a silicon core
Lent by the American Friends of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Inc. through the generosity of Doug & Dale Anderson


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Lampworked glass and silicon
Brief Description
Pale blue lampworked glass form on silicon base by Dafna Kaffeman, Tel Aviv, 2007
Physical Description
Pale blue globe composed of lamp-worked glass filaments supported by a silicon core, the whole resembling a flower-head or large sea urchin.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 19cm
  • Approx. diameter: 24cm
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Dale and Doug Anderson
Object history
This loan from the American Friends of the V&A will become a gift 4/12/2010.



Historical significance: Kaffeman is one of only a few contemporary glass artists to explore the full creative potential of lamp-worked glass. This piece is one of a series called 'Tactual Stimulation' in which she explores the urge to touch something at once beautiful and dangerous which allures while repelling. This is the first work in glass by an Israeli artist to enter the V&A's collections for a very long time and probably ever.
Historical context
Dafna Kaffeman was born in Jerusalem in 1972, beginning her art education there at Bezalel Academy. She concluded her studies at Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, in 2002. Her work, exhibited in Europe and the USA, has been recognised with numerous awards and prizes. She lives in Israel where she is now head of Glass Studies at Bezalel Academy.
Summary
Dafna Kaffeman (born 1972)

Tactual Stimulation

2006



Kaffeman is one of the few contemporary artists to exploit the full creative potential of lamp-worked glass. In this work, she explores the complex psychology around our urge to touch things that are both beautiful and dangerous, alluring and repulsive.





Israel (Tel Aviv)

Lamp-worked glass filaments on a silicon core

Lent by the American Friends of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Inc. through the generosity of Doug & Dale Anderson

Bibliographic Reference
See object information file in Ceramics & Glass section.
Collection
Accession Number
C.74-2014

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record createdOctober 2, 2008
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