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I expect to amaze and intrigue, entice the person to wear my jewelry. Eleonora Ghilardi interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 20.02.2019
I expect to amaze and intrigue, entice the person to wear my jewelry. Eleonora Ghilardi interviewed by Klimt02.
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Eleonora Ghilardi. Pendant: Ellipsis, 2018. Bronze, porcelain, moss.. approx. Ø 4 cm. From series: Ellipsis. Eleonora Ghilardi
Pendant: Ellipsis, 2018
Bronze, porcelain, moss.
approx. Ø 4 cm
From series: Ellipsis
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Intro
It is nice to see that many people still love the unique jewel, created with difficulty and where the skill and creativity of human beings, and not machines, is clearly demonstrated.
Do you think jewels are standardized? What's local and universal in your artistic work?
In many cases, I see very similar works, but personally, I have always loved the mix of materials, they represent a challenge. For example, I created a collection with BioCemento (the I-Active used for the construction of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2015) and resins, devised a line that has been and is highly appreciated, Secret Garden, in porcelain and lichens. All materials are a source of inspiration. The approach to metal is relatively recent: after attending the Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana, I dedicated myself to the technique of lost wax casting, thus taking up a sculptural discourse that was intrinsic to me. Many of my collections are born after a journey: when I visit unknown places I try to absorb as much as possible what I see, colors, shapes. The exception is the last collection, Ellipsis: being a passionate reader and also very fond of writing, I dedicated this line to punctuation.


What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
I expect to amaze and intrigue, entice the person to wear my jewelry. In this era where they have a monopoly of great brands, it is nice to see that many people still love the unique jewel, created with difficulty and where the skill and creativity of human beings, and not machines, is clearly demonstrated.

 
Are there any other areas besides the jewels present in your work?
My first artistic approach was to painting and sculpture. I am a ceramist for many years and specializes in particular in the processing of porcelain. Over the years, therefore, I have set up personal exhibitions dedicated particularly to installations, sculptures, and special furnishing accessories. I also love working on commission: it is a challenge that I always welcome, it is nice to interpret what the client explains in most cases only vocally.

 
The last work, book, film, city that moved me was ...
On the last trip made, Namibia, the Namib Desert cannot but move and show how small we humans are in the face of the majesty of nature. I felt the same feelings in Iceland, years ago, a wonderful place.
Film: Metropolis by Fritz Lang.
As for books, I do not speak of emotion, but pure admiration for his genius: H.P.Lovecraft.
Work: I attach to all my work, but certainly, despite being a collection of 2011, Secret Garden always excites me.


A place, space, a country whose creativity surprises me ...
I really love oriental art. I believe that in the world of contemporary jewelry there are excellent artists coming from Japan and Korea, in particular.


Is there any designer, jeweler, artist, you appreciate a lot?
I love the lightness of Calder, the provocation of Georgia O'Keefe and the drama of Louise Bourgeoise. But there are really a lot of artists that excite me.


Which piece or job gave you more satisfaction?
Definitely, the Secret Garden collection, born in 2011: the porcelain/lichen combination, aimed at creating a wearable greenen jewel, which requires a minimum of care, has been appreciated all over the world, loved by journalists, critics and gallery owners, beyond to have obtained the favor of the public. It is a playful collection, which minimizes the responsibility of those who decide to wear a jewel made for this line.


Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I do not particularly read jewelry magazines, I love to read books of goldsmith techniques instead, of all kinds. To update, I prefer the Web.


Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
It can happen that at exhibitions and events people talk and talk with colleagues and it is always interesting and constructive. As well it is important to have opinions also from people outside our world.


What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect?
I love living in the present. The Future is uncertain, I hope it can obviously reserve interesting situations and a continuous and inexhaustible desire to create. I would like people, most and not a small circle, to begin to understand and truly understand how many studies, effort, and dedication requires our profession and appreciate and understand the value of created jewels, which will always be unique.
 
Eleonora Ghilardi. Ring: Ellipsis, 2018. Silver with oxidation-pearl.. approx. 3.5 cm. From series: Ellipsis. Eleonora Ghilardi
Ring: Ellipsis, 2018
Silver with oxidation-pearl.
approx. 3.5 cm
From series: Ellipsis
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