Christine Jalio interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 25.10.2016
Christine Jalio Christine Jalio
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Christine Jalio. Brooch: Past, Loss, Future 11, 2015. Silk clay, silver, foam clay.. 8 x 4 x 12 cm. Photo by: Anne Ruotsalainen. From series: Past, Loss, Future. Christine Jalio
Brooch: Past, Loss, Future 11, 2015
Silk clay, silver, foam clay.
8 x 4 x 12 cm
Photo by: Anne Ruotsalainen
From series: Past, Loss, Future
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I hope people who see my work can feel some of the emotions and thoughts that I have had when creating them, find the things I am referring to, interpreting or showing to them through my pieces. I belive that my passion for the human psyche and my love for old things can also be felt to be present in my work. / Christine Jalio
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
In my home country people of earlier generations have been brought up to be modest and never to stand out from the crowd. That means that when you look at jewellery that is mainly sold it is very standardized, very easy to hide, very modest. I do belive that the newer generations have already started a silent revolution and in the future jewellery will be even more of an statement and a way to express yourself than it is now amongst young people. Of course I might also just be an idealist.

I would say that the local perspective in my work is in the reasearch that I have done to get down to the things I want to discuss. I sketch by making collages and especially the objects and stories I have collected are very much local and familiar. They also have something very Finish in them, but the emotions, transitions, happenings I want to bring forward and discuss in my work are very much universal, e.g. the feeling of loss and what it is like to grow old etc.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I always hope that the things I do have a positive impact on my future, meaning here making of good contacts for future exhibitions and happenings. I also hope that everything I choose to do gets me closer to my next dream although I probably don´t know what this dream is yet.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
I hope people who see my work can feel some of the emotions and thoughts that I have had when creating them, find the things I am referring to, interpreting or showing to them through my pieces. I belive that my passion for the human psyche and my love for old things can also be felt to be present in my work.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
I am a super sensitive person so I get moved every day by something; music, films, art work, people, sometimes even some stupid commercials, so I actually haven´t got a straight answer. I will take the liberty to answer a bit differently. I am a city girl and have never found beauty in nature. I have lived in the counrty side for a long time now and suddenly I am starting to appreciate the things around me. Now for the first time nature and especially the strong northern lights you can sometimes see in our region are the one thing that move me more than anything else.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
For me Holland is definitely a country of thinking outside the box. They always seem to be ready to try new things and that is why I feel they make a lot more progress then other countries. I am also facinated by some eastern European countries. I feel that they have this huge energy and force in their creativity that I haven´t seen anywhere else. The last but not least I have to mention my current home town of 15.000 inhabitants where we daily fight for creativity to be recocnized to be an important part of well beeing and now slowly it seems we are getting through.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Helena Lehtinen in jewellery art is my idol. Her serenity and strength, both as a jeweller and as a private person, always makes me look up to her. Her work is beautiful, calm... perfect. I also apprechiate Orozco over any contemporary artist and Rothko as a painter.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
I presume the question referres to my own work. I am a starting artist, so I haven´t got a lot to referre to yet. I think my earlier Past, Loss, Future - collection is satisfying my hands, eyes and soul, but even more I belive my 35- collection is the one thet opened up my spirit and mind.

Christine Jalio, Brooch: Jeep 1980-1981, 2013, Objects, silver. 7 x 3 x 3 cm
From series: 35 - a token for every winter I survived.
Photo by: Olga Kontio

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I am actually the worst person when it gets to reading magazines, books or even watching the news. I do not even like social media. I probably am a bit of a hermit in some ways. I only look up information that I am really really interested in knowing, e.g. I looked up how a small biting fly called Mäkäräinen looks today and thats all the information I need for now. I have a pile of newspapers on my desk that I still hope to read, but the truth is that I truly have to force myself in to going through them. I stress a lot less the less I know of what is going on around me.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Of course I do. We have a wonderful newly established creative community that is right next to my studio in my home town where I meet other artist on a daily basis. We aslo have a well working residency that brings artists around the world right to me. By far my best support and critics are a few good friends from University that are also doing contemporary jewellery. I don´t think I would exhibit any work that I didn´t shown them first.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
I have conciously tried to stop expecting anything, because I think I lock myself in a cage when I do, so I ´d say I hope or wish some things from my future, but am okay if they change or don´t happen. I also want to belive that everything, good and bad, happens for a reason that will show itself in time. So, I hope that I will be able -mentally, physically and financially- to do what I love and fulfil my goals whatever they appear to be or change into. I love my life and I hope I will be able to keep it that way, whatever that means.