Elisabeth Habig interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 26.09.2017
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Elisabeth Habig. Ring: The course of time, 2017. Parchment, 14kt gold.. 3 x 3.1 x 3.1 cm. Photo by: Elisabeth Habig, Eva Habig. Elisabeth Habig
Ring: The course of time, 2017
Parchment, 14kt gold.
3 x 3.1 x 3.1 cm
Photo by: Elisabeth Habig, Eva Habig
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In my work, you can see the clash of my three different educations: the one to a milliner which gave me the feeling for textiles and proportions, the one as a jewellery designer which enabled me to work with metals and the theatre-film and media studies.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I think we have to divide commercial jewellery from artistic jewellery. Jewellery for a bigger target group has always something to do with fashion and therefore it´s standardized in a way because it has to be worn from a big target group. But artistic jewellery has it´s own mind. It wants to break the rules of fashion and shows the topics and feelings of the maker. It´s getting something personal and unique. Sure you could see trends also in artistic jewellery like the use of found materials and nature inspired forms but before it gets to fashion, acceptance from a bigger target group and therefore to a standardization it needs a lot of time.
And for sure there is some local and universal in my work. My work is a collection of experiences I made, people I met, places I went and stories I heard. Now with the internet, media and the possibility to travel the world, it´s difficult to draw a borderline between local and universal.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
Expecting is maybe the wrong word. It´s more hoping… Hoping that the shown pieces are strong enough to catch attention in any way if it´s positive or negative.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
In my work, you can see the clash of my three different educations: the one to a milliner which gave me the feeling for textiles and proportions, the one as a jewellery designer which enabled me to work with metals and the theatre-film and media studies. These three studies influence each other and inspire me to create unique pieces. And in some pieces, there is also my interest for photography visible.  

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was…
Lately, I am moved by people who surround me, their real stories and struggles.  

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me…
I love to see new countries, places and culture to get inspired, for this, it´s difficult to reduce me only to one place because every country has it´s own creativity its own resources and it´s own way to treat the difficulties.
I liked Bucharest because it was so different from what I expected and the people were open for the extraordinary in the way the dressed and reacted on jewellery.
I felt in love with the spirit I saw in Fremantle full of energy and young rebels.
And of course Italy I like the past and the present culture. It became like a second home. 

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
When I started with jewellery I was into the work of Giampaolo Babetto. His geometrical and simple language of forms, his way of using colours and making surfaces is so elegant and timeless. 

Now, after knowing more and more jewellery artists, it´s getting so difficult to decide only for one. I like conceptual jewellery which is asking for its value, like the work of Lauren Tickle, Lin Cheung and David Bielander only to mention a few of them. I like the work of Daniel DiCaprio its organic forms and use of materials. Eunmi Chun work I admire of the use of parchment. 

What piece of work has given you the most satisfaction?
I think the piece, which gives me satisfaction on a long-term I still have to make.  Till now my satisfaction was only temporary and with time I got more and more critics.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I am reading jewellery magazines like Autor and Current Obsession. To get information on deadlines or galleries I am using websites like Klimt02 or Art Jewelry Forum. As a daily routine, I am using Instagram to have some insides from the artists life and working processes.  

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
For me sometimes it is really important to speak about my work during the working process. I like to have another sight on my work and sometimes it lets me see things clearer. 

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
When thinking about future the first thing which comes to my mind is the proverb „The future is now!“. This is also why I am not thinking too much about it and try to live in the present. I am also not expecting for the future but maybe I am hoping. Hoping for a world which is in equilibrium with itself and its inhabitants.