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I do Not Pretend to be an Artist, I Should Say I am a Creating Craftsman. Alain Roggeman interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 19.05.2020
Alain Roggeman Alain Roggeman
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2020
Alain Roggeman. Brooch: Untitled, 2019. Reclaimed wood, Shibuishi. 15 x 2.5 x 9 cm. Photo by: Stijn Wils. From series: Dark Collection. Alain Roggeman
Brooch: Untitled, 2019
Reclaimed wood, Shibuishi
15 x 2.5 x 9 cm
Photo by: Stijn Wils
From series: Dark Collection
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Intro
The denomination “contemporary jewelry” is not a good one, in my opinion. Where does contemporary art start and where does it end? I prefer to use “todays jewelry”. In many cases, contemporary jewelry is quite pretentious, without any real understanding about what jewelry is, just and simply an ornament for the body.
Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
I started study jewelry at the age of 18 in a fantastic school where I am teaching now for nearly 30 years. From the start, I loved it. I had a very classical training where technical skills where required and where we had to follow the rules of the art. Worked in different fine jewelry workplaces in Brussels. But since a long time, more creative jewelry was made at the side. In 2017 I created my own company where I only make one of a kind jewelry. Influences are coming mainly from the childhood I passed in Africa and once in Europe the urban way of life, music, cultural activities, history of the world… I do not pretend to be an artist, I should say I am a creating craftsman.


How important is networking for you in your professional practice and what are your preferred tools for this?
I am not a computer freak and the so-called social network is not that social in my mind. It is probably a good tool for promotion but up to now, likes on Insta or Facebook did not bring me a lot of costumers. Being with the people, talking to them directly at an exhibition, listen to them is much more profitable and interesting. Maybe it is an old school attitude, but everybody can change his mind.


What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances and where are dead ends?
The denomination “contemporary jewelry” is not a good one, in my opinion. Where does contemporary art start and where does it end? I prefer to use “todays jewelry”. In many cases, contemporary jewelry is quite pretentious, without any real understanding about what jewelry is, just and simply an ornament for the body. It does not need all the intellectual speech that we can often read about it. But it is also so exciting what happens in the jewelry world, so many exceptionally good works and events that can bring people together. Bringing good people together cannot be a dead-end, only a perspective for a better future.

 
How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
I still like watching fine jewelry work full of diamonds and gold but during the last years, I wanted to opt for something more affordable, spontaneous, funny, rock & roll... Using reclaimed, found, bartered materials gives me unfinished possibilities for creating jewelry pieces. And important today: it is more ecological and sustainable. Most of the time, I use only two materials. This is much more challenging at the point of view of graphic balance, proportion and artistic expression.

In 2012, I discovered during a workshop in Poland a wonderful material: amber. It is like a photography of the past. For a few years now, I am working a lot with it and promoting Baltic Amber in Belgium.

What is exciting today? The possibility to communicate with people of the whole world and exchange feelings and skills. Also, the actual sanitary situation that brings us back to history and gives us the chance to change something for the coming days and believe in something else than GAFA, weapons, racism, homophobia, violence, nature destruction and all that kind of s..t. 
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