TRACES OF LIGHT
One of the first objects a visitor in Schloss Hollenegg encounters, is a pair of monumental candelabra, standing guard on either side of the doorway to the Festsaal. Measuring over two meters in height, the candelabras are a composition of blue and white Chinese porcelains bound together by bronze arms. It is one of the many objects made in 18th century Europe - probably in the Netherlands, considering the tiles decorating the wooden foot.
These candelabra, together with the other smaller but similar pieces around the castle, were the inspiration for Tamara Barrage’s work. The fruits of her three weeks residency at Schloss Hollenegg are two glass candelabra blown in Vienna by Robert Comploj of Studio Comploj. Playing with the idea that what were once objects used regularly to provide light, are now only for special occasions, Barrage has created large pieces with a mostly symbolic function. If candles are indeed used, the flame plays beautifully with the glass, bringing the subtle colours to brilliance. Tamara has deftly adapted the shapes typical of her work and reminiscent of sea creatures, to the medium of glass: the stacked shapes float weightlessly.
Tamara’s residency and project have been made possible by the generous support of House of Today.