Glass Reflections
Cambridge 7th to 9th September

Presenting Author:
Oksana Kondratyeva

article posted 9 Mar 2015

Oksana Kondratyeva
Oksana Kondratyeva is a London-based artist working predominately in fine art and architectural glass. She studied Glass and Architecture at Central Saint Martins College, University of Arts London. Her artworks have been exhibiting internationally at various venues including Mall Galleries, Sacred Space Gallery (London) and Red House Glass Cone Museum (Stourbridge). Her papers on architecture, art and science have been published in scholarly and popular journals and have been publicly presented at the international conferences.

In Search of Light: Glass! Science! Art!

Oksana Kondratyeva
Glass Artist

The light that constitutes the universe
is the source of all perceptible beauty
Robert Grosseteste

Light and glass are linked in the same way as form and content. In some sense, they are similar dual category - the glass can only reveal its nature in the presence of light.

Both light and glass belong to science and art in equal measure. Glass is the medium through which humankind discovered the most fundamental physical laws: dispersion of light by Isaac Newton in 1672, discovery of electron by Joseph John Thompson in 1897, optical experiment conducted by Albert Michelson and Edward Morley in 1887 which lies in the foundation of the special relativity theory and many others.

The artist working with glass can be viewed as a scientist conducting an experiment with the most delicate form of matter - light.

In the creative journey in glass the artist aspires to define the essence of architecture of light and to explore the secrets of its inner space. In this lecture the author will discuss her works and explain how traditional stained glass techniques together with contemporary possibilities can be applied for translating of ideas and making of architectural glass. The lecture features artist's latest glass works, as well as covers the aesthetic and technological aspects of the recent architectural glass project at St James School, Kensington Olympia, London.