By Yasmijn Jarram

The elegant works of Maria Roosen are created in close collaboration with craftsmen such as glassblowers, carpenters and knitters. In addition to working with wood, wool, leather, paper mache and plated gold, Roosen uses mainly glass. The hardness of this material is in contrast with the liquid forms that she creates with it. The artist sees glass as energy in a solid state: the production process always remains visible.

The intimate activity of glassblowing leads to monumental works of immense sizes. Themes such as growth, life, metamorphoses, fertility and the male and female nature are clearly recognisable in Roosen’s typical, organic visual language. From coloured glass breasts and sperm cells to hand-knitted sun flowers: her work is soft and cheeky at the same time.