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My creative work arises from the immediate world around me. Hebe Argentieri interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 29.10.2019
Hebe Argentieri Hebe Argentieri
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Hebe Argentieri. Ring: Choices, 2017. Wood, silver.. 2.3 x 4 x 0.8 cm. Photo by: Damián Wasser. Hebe Argentieri
Ring: Choices, 2017
Wood, silver.
2.3 x 4 x 0.8 cm
Photo by: Damián Wasser
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.

Intro
Handmade is essential to me. Of course, techniques are important to be able to translate the feelings and concepts into a piece but it is with my hands that I infuse the materials with meaning.
What's local and universal in your artistic work?
My creative work arises from the immediate world around me: how this particular social environment impacts on me. But the issues that are local and individual to me are, at the same time, shared by most people in other places in the world. I deal, then, with universal topics, like transcending gender stereotypes, but from the local viewpoint, that of a woman living in a conservative town in Latin America.


What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
I always look forward to some reaction, for the public to be moved by my work. I feel the piece is then complete when it has been shown- whether to a broad or minimal audience.
 

How important is handmade for you in your development? What role does technics and technology play in your development?
Handmade is essential to me. Of course, techniques are important to be able to translate the feelings and concepts into a piece but it is with my hands that I infuse the materials with meaning.


When you start making a new piece what is your process? How much of it is a pre-formulated plan and how much do you let the material spontaneity lead you?
I start with a plan of the piece and how I would carry it out, but I like to experiment with materials and let them show me unexpected options. I am not strict with plans.


Are there any other areas besides the jewels present in your work?
Not directly but literature has always been important to me. And it is not uncommon for a passage or a character from a book to be the inspiration for a piece.


How important is wearability in contemporary jewellery? And in your pieces?
My pieces are definitely wearable and I always think of them on the body.
 

The last work, book, film, city that moved me was...
The documentary Nostalgia de la Luz set in the Chilean Atacama desert, about astronomists seeking for answers in the sky and women who look for the remains of their beloved ones (killed during the dictatorship) in the desert.
A book that is not the last I read but I keep going back to, is Opus Nigrum by Margueritte Yourcenar.


What/who is the biggest influence in your career?
The jeweler and teacher Mabel Pena was a huge influence in my career.


Which piece or job gave you more satisfaction?
It is hard to mention only one but the collection Terra took me to many places and got me to know lots of people.


What is your source to get information?
Klimt02, Joyeros Argentinos, social networks, books


Considering the experiences you have had over the years - if you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice for the start-up phase, what would that be?
Enjoy the process and be true to yourself


Can you describe your personality in 3 words, describe your work in 3 words.
Personality: determined, reliable, straightforward.
Work: questioning, intense, honest.
 
Hebe Argentieri. Brooch: Silent Heart, 2018. Nickel silver, medical gauze, paper, ink, plastic, steel.. 15 x 8 x 7 cm. Photo by: Damián Wasser. Hebe Argentieri
Brooch: Silent Heart, 2018
Nickel silver, medical gauze, paper, ink, plastic, steel.
15 x 8 x 7 cm
Photo by: Damián Wasser
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
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