“Brains originates in an artistic theme that I began working with in the eighties, inspired by a girl named Karolina Olsson who slept – or, according to speculation, who intentionally opted out of life for 32 years. I have spent my entire career working as an artist and designer. I enjoy developing objects suitable for production at the glassworks. So I scaled things back and created these heads, which I view as meditative anti-stress objects, for both the hand and the eye. I made a collection of expressions and names like Albert Einstein, Caesar, Pablo Picasso, the gods Thor and Oden, and more. I know a man who always carried Caesar with him on hikes. Now I’ve made a collection of twelve new ‘individuals’ for Kosta Boda Artist Collection; they are unnamed, but through short poetic sentences, they comment on life’s events. Personally, I find them to be lovely company…”
– Bertil Vallien
The collection launched in 1999.