Anna Alsina Bardagí is a contemporary glass sculptor based in Barcelona, Spain. Her artwork explores the manipulation of light, heat and gravity through optical glass by combining glass casting techniques with optical-precision polishing and sandblasting. She started experimenting with different types of glass in 2011. In 2014, she made eco-optical glass her main artistic material for its purity and unique reflective properties.
Her sculptures require experimental techniques, as well as physics and chemistry knowledge to gain control of the internal shapes in the glass. Internal designs are formed during the casting process by altering the glass elements before they enter the kiln.
She has always been fascinated by the laws of physics and the universe and her art is driven by a desire to challenge the boundaries of gravity and dimensional spaces inside optical glass. “Optical glass offers a sense of depth and illusion. It’s heavy but at the same time fragile. Depending on your perspective, it creates a sense of movement but at the same time stillness.”
Her goals are to continue exploring the “inner space” and the reflective interiors that are revealed in the forms she creates.