Interview with Nicole Schuster

Published: 07.02.2014
Interview to Nicole Schuster
. by: Klimt02
. Barcelona, Klimt02, 2014
. Code: I_064 Interview to Nicole Schuster

by: Klimt02

Barcelona, Klimt02, 2014

Code: I_064
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Nicole Schuster. Ring: The Adoption, 2013. Silver oxidized. 3.8 x 3 x 4.4 cm. Nicole Schuster
Ring: The Adoption, 2013
Silver oxidized
3.8 x 3 x 4.4 cm
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Jewelry can show the character, cultural background and personal environment of its wearer. But people relate to jewelry in different ways.
Do you think that jewelry is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
Jewelry can show the character, cultural background and personal environment of its wearer. But people relate to jewelry in different ways. In the field of contemporary art jewelry it is even more complex. There are so many influences and mixing disciplines on the one hand, different backgrounds and personal aims of their creators on the other. Further on, these assume the understanding or reinterpretation by the wearer, and last but not least the sensation of the spectator.
Even though we can put that into rational categories, I don't think jewelry is standardizing. 

Naturally the traditions of my urban environment, it´s culture and visual surroundings influence me strongly. They build my personal experiences with I translate into my work. I would call my use of traditional goldsmithing techniques and my desire to make my jewelry useful and wearable as “local” influences. Even the use of virtual designing, that is spreading in the field of jewelry – but here I´d start wondering where the border between “local” and “universal” really is, these days where information is available everywhere.

My choice of material and clear forms may seem “local”, whereas my form of expression and the foundation of my work is the result of researching in various and “universal” fields. That way I try to get to a higher level of comprehension.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
Being seen from close or being worn shows a different dimension of my pieces. People can “wander around” in my pieces, exploring and experiencing the landscapes I am presenting and finding their own idea of it in that piece. I am interested in how they respond to a piece, and which is attracting who and why. After all, valuable feedback is always an important impulse.

Are other areas besides the jewelry, present in your work?
As wearable sculptures, my works describe abstract cities and landscapes and other significant architectual plants. Some reflect on real places, some seem to be futuristic landscapes. I examine the existing outside world and reflect our attitude, explore the dilemma of architecture with nature and that of nature with architecture. But, besides in university, I haven´t done any works that are exceeding the scale or function of jewelry, though I am tempted to…

The last work, book, film, that has moved me was...
The last book: “David Lynch: die dunkle Seite der Seele” (the dark side of the soul). Lynch is known for his complex films, in which he creates strong atmospheres and aims for the total immersion of the spectator. Coming from painting he has his own strong view of what a film can be.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Visiting the monuments of ancient Egypt has been a very impressive experience. Maybe surprising, but definitely inspiring to me are the city of Bilbao in the Bask Country and the area Ruhr in Germany: a lot of energy and creativity seem to be put into cultural transformations. Both places had a great deal of “ugly” industry, but both in their own way are creating a new environment and new values out of this.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
There are many jewelry artists that I appreciate a lot for different reasons… Two contemporary jewelry artists, whose work I´m attracted to, are Junwon Jung and Heejoo Kim. And I very much respect Georg Dobler's, Otto Künzli's and Ted Noten's work. But my inspiration mostly comes from other disziplines. Architecture is an endless resource, to name one of so many: Terunobu Fujimoris Teahouses.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
So far, where I find I succeeded most in expressing its purpose and creating a sculpture that is strong and fulfilled in itself, are the rings “The Mine”, “The Change” and “The Adoption”. They are showing industrial ruins that are taken back by nature – a struggle between two forces and the evolvement of something new.
Nicole Schuster. Ring: The Mine, 2013. Silver, ruthenium plated. 3.9 x 2.4 x 3.6 cm. Nicole Schuster
Ring: The Mine, 2013
Silver, ruthenium plated
3.9 x 2.4 x 3.6 cm
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Nicole Schuster. Ring: The Change, 2013. Silver, ruthenium plated, turmaline. 5.5 x 2.1 x 4.3 cm. Nicole Schuster
Ring: The Change, 2013
Silver, ruthenium plated, turmaline
5.5 x 2.1 x 4.3 cm
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