Ella Varvio is Finnish artist (born in 1987). Her work mixes glass with different forms of visual culture: comic arts, fairy-tale illustrations, graphic art and light installations. In her glass artworks she emphasizes storytelling. She treats glass as three-dimensional canvas and uses different variations of glass crafting technique to create images with unique depth.
Her educational background is in Aalto University, Finland, from where she has graduated as Master of Arts. She majored in Ceramic and Glass Design, and Applied Art and Design. She is well aware of Scandinavian glass design traditions and especially Finnish glass art. During her studies she did internship at the renowned Nuutajärvi Glass Factory. Her Master’s Thesis was research on contemporary Finnish glass and the paper was presented at European Glass Context conference in Denmark in 2016.
Two Faces of a Drowned Man -unique glass art piece was selected in 2014 to European Glass Experience juried exhibition that presented contemporary European glass art. Since then her artworks have been presented in several glass art exhibitions and publications. Varvio’s artworks are included in collections of The Finnish Glass Museum, International Glass Studio Bárdudvarnok Hungary, and Aalto University Finland.
My art is playing with the contrast of aesthetic beauty and dark, melancholic motifs. I create images that do not reveal everything on one look. Artworks that requires the viewer to stop, are a quiet way to comment on hectic consuming of images and matter.
I am artist-designer working with glass, ceramics, comics art and illustration. I have specialized in unique art pieces that combine narrative illustrations with mouth blown glass. I aim to create objects that give homage to craft traditions but have a modern approach. In my illustrations imagination collides with the real world. In glass, transparent material, these images seem to float and the scene gains mythical qualities. I get inspiration from my surroundings, observing people and nature, and also from literature, films and comics. I am not afraid to show melancholy, nightmares or dark fantasies. I feel it's honesty from the storyteller to include the darker tones to the palette.
My most recent glass artworks include light, which transforms the handcrafted object into projector for light installation. Light is a way to emphasize the details in the object itself but also to create colored light projections in the surrounding space.