I was recently interviewd by Klimt02 about my practice and current exhibition "It's Always Darkest Just Before Dawn". You can read the full interview on Klimt02, but here is a little exerpt of the interview, authored by Sabela Correa:
Your work is deliberated monochrome. We saw some of your early Works in which you included some color with plastic plants… far away than limiting you, this election it’s almost your sing of identity. Could you explain us how you came to this point? Was this election intuitive or intencioned? My work is deliberately monochromatic, and even though earlier explorations did include colour, to me, they represented more of an idea of being located in the present. A lot of my exhibition work has explored themes of melancholy, nostalgia and passing time... these are themes that constantly interest me, and I want to create collections that convey a poetic visual language. More recently, time-based investigations direct the work I am going to make, so creating artwork and jewellery in a monochromatic palate imbues the work with a deeper nostalgic tone.
Nostalgia and melacholy are some adjectives that are used to describe your work. Would you define your pieces as melancholic? Absolutely. Nostalgia and melancholy are very important elements in my work, and I am deliberately trying to infuse my current work with these elements. I don’t want to shy away from it and, instead, want the work to generate a feeling of longing- for the object and for things past.
You make exhibitions oft. What do you expect when exposing your work to the public? Creating a narrative in my work is really important to me; therefore, the exhibition outcome is an essential part of my creative process. The audience engagement completes the circle—the work takes on a new meaning with every person who engages with it. I just hope that on some level, people engage with the poetic elements that I incorporate into the work.
Your exhibition It’s always darkest just before dawn combines photography, video and jewellery. Some of this jewelry pieces are made from the photographic material. It looks like you use different disciplines according to your needs. What Jewellery offers you than you can get from another discipline? More and more I am trying to create an immersive experience in my exhibitions. My exhibitions are embracing other mediums more and more. They are becoming multi-media compilations, often starting with a collection of some sort e.g. drawings, paintings, photographs or video, which inform a new collection of work and are also part of thee final work and installation. Sometimes the resulting work is a more literal translation, and other times my responses are quite abstract and seem far removed from the original source. However, in my mind, one cannot exist without the other. More and more, I am allowing myself to be lead intuitively, relying on the daily archiving of images or research materials that I collect to lead me and inform my jewellery in different ways. This all being said, Jewellery is still important to me—it’s such an intimate art form.
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction? I love my work the most when it creates a rhythm; that could be expressed in a brooch or a neckpiece. From this current collection, I am particularly proud of Repeated Impressions (2015). While all the pieces in this collection are handmade and quite labour intensive, this piece came together just the way I had hoped it would. It’s individual elements combined to create a work with the right rhythm and balance.