This art installation “Until The Answer Comes, Or A Worry Disappears” was made during the pandemic in 2021, presented in the 2023 Chengdu Biennale from 16 July to 22 November 2023.

This is an art installation made with very subtle and complicated technique of flamework, cold assemble, kiln forming borosilicate glass, uberfang glass, etc. and combined with vintage rocking chair and telephone, table cloth, drinking glass, silicone etc.

Looking at Krista’s work is like entering a story. The work is pleasing to the eye. Her works are realistic but transcend reality, integrating the complex emotions of creators and viewers. The artist is especially good at creating various glass materials, but at the same time she is unconstrained and eclectic. She often mixes different types of materials such as silicone, toy stuffing, cloth, nylon rope, and daily necessities in her works. Glass is a material with natural characteristics. It is not completely controllable in the process of being made, so the ending is unknown, and these ready-made objects represent existing stories and ideas. This known and unknown, beautiful and banal, meticulous and rough form a strong visual contrast, while combining different techniques, materials and her ideas make her work complex and interesting, full of humor.

Krista Israel (1975, Amersfoort, the Netherlands) graduated with honors from the State Institute for Art and Craft (IKA) in Belgium and acuquired BFA (2013) and MFA (2016) in Glass Art. She is a mixed media artist while specializing in glass. She won 2022 Winner Saxe Emerging Artist Award, Glass Art Society, USA; 2020 Nomination Bernadine de Neeve Glass Prize, Association of Modern Glass, the Netherlands. Her works were collected by Corning Museum of Glass, USA; Liling Ceramic Valley Museum, China; Glass Museum Lette, Germany; Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg – Europäisch Museum für Modern Glas, Germany; National Gallery of Sofia, Bulgaria; Qingdao Municipal Museum, China.

(Photos by Steven van Kooijk.)

“Time Gravity – 2023 Chengdu Biennale”, guided by the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Broadcast-TV, and Tourism and organized by the Chengdu Art Museum from 16 July to 22 Nov 2023. Spanning two landmark art museums with a total area of over 70,000 sqm, the exhibition showcases 476 artworks by 235 artists from 22 countries and regions. Fan Di’an, Chairman of China Artists Association, is the Academic Committee Director, Wang Shaoqiang, Director of Guangdong Museum of Art, is the Chief Curator, and Lu Peng, art historian, serves as the Artistic Director. Curators team including Wu Hongliang, President of Beijing Fine Art Academy; Zhang Zikang, Director of CAFA Art Museum, etc. International curators include Philip Dodd, former President of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, and Philipp Ziegler, Head of the Curatorial Department at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe.