Michèle Oberdieck


Inspired by natural forms and organic structures, Michèle Oberdieck explores balance and asymmetry through shape, surface and colour. Using sculptural forms as a gesture, or expressive mark, often combining a few pieces together, a narrative is created.


She is drawn to biomorphic shapes found in plant growth and decay, such as the delicate forms tulip petals take on this journey. These beautiful twisted organic shapes reveal the motion of aging stopped in its tracks. It is this transformation that she aims to capture in glass. The expressive twists and turns away from symmetry create a fluidity,  showing movement in the piece.


Colour has always played an important role in Oberdieck’s work, from her past practice printmaking, and textiles, to glass which allows her a unique way to express the delicacies of colour and its interaction with light. The luminosity of colours found in the sky as day turns to dusk with the pivotal light from the sun or moon glowing through layers of folded clouds is capitivating. 


Her influences are evident in works by American Abstract expressionists, such as Rothko, and Helen Frankenthaler, and soft forms of Jean Arp’s sculptures.


Colour and form evolve together. In some pieces, pattern is introduced using Graal as a technique, by cold cutting through colour overlays. These cups of colour are then reblown, and as the form evolves the cut marks blend and distort creating ethereal watery effects. This free tonal movement of colour with form evoke emotion and memory.


The delicate narrow bases of some of her works reference Amphora Neolithic earthenware which was used to collect water from the river. The vessels floated horizontally, and as they filled turned upright, buoyed by the water.