The recognition value in one's own work is essential. Claudia Steiner interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 23.02.2017
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Claudia Steiner. Brooch: Urban landscape, 2016. 925 silver, resin, pigment woodsheet, stainless steel.. Photo by: Claudia Steiner. Claudia Steiner
Brooch: Urban landscape, 2016
925 silver, resin, pigment woodsheet, stainless steel.
Photo by: Claudia Steiner
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As a jeweler you are always looking for and finding new aspects, possibilities and expressions for your work.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
This is true in certain areas. Art Jewellery, on the other hand, embodies the opposite: it is usually an individual piece, experimental in form and material, a personal expression of the jewelery artist on subjects with which one is exposed. In the ideal case, it is then a symbiosis with the person who wears it. As a jeweler you are always looking for and finding new aspects, possibilities and expressions for your work. The recognition value in one's own work is, of course, essential, but I also like the non-assignable, which leaves room for new things and surprises.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
If at first glance the visitor can not only find it beautiful and appealing, but also mysterious and some can only be recognized at a second glance or after a more detailed explanation. This leaves room for the viewers' own interpretations.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
Yes. Nature and Architecture is for example very important for me in my work. The habitat that surrounds us and often appears every day and trivial, but hides a lot of interesting things.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
There was a very interesting exhibition once in Triest about a work of J. Kounellis and the last big exhibition from Louise Bourgeois in Munich was great also Joseph Cornell at the KHM in Vienna.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
I do not know, mostly the most interesting is to be found where you are… But for example Marseille is always surprising and inspiring for me.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Yes there are some in the most diverse areas and very different…for example in Architecture, Music, Fashion, Film and Art: Tadao Ando, Bowie, Westwood, Haneke, Rothko

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
One of the last pieces from the “Himmel” - Collection what I made for the 25th anniversary exhibition for Galerie Slavik.

Claudia Steiner, Brooch: Himmel, 2016, 925 silver, resin, woodsheet, photo, stainless steel, Photo by: Stefan Liewehr, From series: Backstage

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
Mostly Online, Art Aurea.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
As a maker you are very alone with yourself in the process of emergence and I like that. But therefore, it is important to take every opportunity when there is a possibility to exchange with others, expecially also with people outside the “jewellery scene”.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
Difficult to answer… At the moment there is not much pleasing when one look at the political and social developments world-wide .... but there are also many hopeful developments and initiatives  pioneering for a positive future. Alternative living and working forms for people in touch with nature. In the end, you can only influence your own path and way of life and working. With Art you can reflect all these things and it is of course exciting to find new materials and techniques or to develop existing ones for the Jewellery pieces.