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If You Thirst for a Homeland: Flame-Worked Glass by Dafna Kaffeman

Chrysler Museum of Art / Norfolk / Art

Dafna Kaffeman, an Israeli artist, is known for her ethereal evocations of place, which some refer to as “micro-environments.” Her flame-worked glass botanicals—delicate pieces reminiscent of the Blaschka glass flowers at Harvard—are presented in assemblages that include text and imagery embroidered on fields of felt. “I like the ambiguity of [glass],” Kaffeman has said, “that it can depict very fragile and complex shapes like plants and insects.” It took time, however, for her to understand “how to use it as a means of expressing my ideas.” Those ideas have to do with history and culture—the way a wildflower, or a potato beetle, can pull up collective memory and powerful emotion. —L.J.

Chrysler Museum of Art 1 Memorial Pl, Norfolk, VA 23510, United States
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