Ika Künzel’s “Protected Service” series is made up of antique vases that she ensconces in a layer of glass. Born from her desire to preserve family heirlooms collected in the early twentieth century, Künzel chose a selection of delicate vases made by Bohemian glass manufacturer Johann Loetz Witwe. Known for their organic art nouveau shapes, Witwe’s glassworks were painted in iridescent colors that imitated semiprecious stones like onyx, malachite, and red chalcedony.
Employing a permanent casing of security-glass vitrine, Künzel produces the pieces through an ultraviolet curing process that furnishes the antique with a new, protective outer layer, safeguarding the vase but also rendering it functionless.
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About Ika Künzel
German, b. 1978, Munich, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany