Anna Mlasowsky

On ° Venus, 2022

Blown Glass, Custom Costumes, Video of Performance (37:10 Minutes)

Presented by Corning Museum of Glass

Anna Mlasowsky’s On ° Venus is a performance, which explores women’s changing roles during different stages of our lives, society’s expectations towards the female body, how these expectations change as we age reflecting the changing gender pressures applied on us. The narrative is told in three acts representing the three stages of womanhood, visually based on the Venus of Willendorf figurine. In each act garments and glass objects representing cells, seashell forms, red blood cells and conical vessels (fleshy openings) are activated by the performer. The performance offers subtle criticism towards sexualization of the young body, the expectation for a desire of motherhood and ends in the freedom of the body when leaving those expectations behind.  

The project is created in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Ashley Menestrina. Costume design by Anna Mlasowsky, executed by Jenifer Falldin. Camera: Devin Muñoz, Matthew Burke, David Wulzen. Editing: Matthew Burke and Anna Mlasowsky.

Born in 1984 in East Germany, Anna Mlasowsky is an artist, curator and Professor in Craft at Konstfack University. She holds a BA in Glass from the Royal Danish Academy and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington. Anna is a recipient of a TAG Grant (2015), an IASPIS Grant (2013) from the Swedish Arts Council, an Artist Trust Fellowship (2017) and 4Culture Grant (2019), she was most recently a Haas Fellow at the Science History Institute (2021-22) and an artist in residence at Amazon (2022).

Her work has been featured in American Craft, the Shanghai Museum of Art Magazine, PBS Discovery Channel Canada, and Half Cut Tea.  She received an Aldo Bellini Award (2015), the John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence (2018) a Toyama Glass Biennial Silver Prize and was a Museum of Art and Design Burk Prize finalist.

Her work is in the collections of institutions such as The Corning Museum of Glass (NY), The Toyama City Art Museum (Japan), the Castello Sforzesco (Milan, Italy) and the Museum of Art and Design (NY). Her work has been shown at The European Museum for Contemporary Glass, The Northwest Museum of Art, The Bellevue Arts Museum and the Stockholm Architecture Museum.

Video Still by Devin Muñoz , Matthew Burke, David Wulzen