Artist and sculptor Karin Törnell explores in depth the relationship between human experience and the body, and form and materiality. With a directness of expression, she creates forms that appear both familiar and alien. A recurring and often integral part of her work is cast glass – a material that in the hands of Karin Törnell takes unexpected forms, challenging opposites such as fragility/durability, lightness/weight, and transparency/opaqueness.


Karin Törnell (b. 1966) holds an MFA from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, and has also studied at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Recent solo exhibitions include A Sounding Glance, Galerie NeC, Paris (2021), Vitala delar, Galleri Glas, Stockholm (2018), and Moments of Summaration, Galerie NeC (2014). Her work has previously been exhibited at Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sugata Gallery, Kyoto, Saatchi Gallery, London, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Stockholm, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, and Design Center, Malmö. Törnell has made several public commissions, most recently for Stockholm City Station and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. She is represented in the collections of Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Smålands Museum, and Public Art Agency Sweden.

Selected works