The freedom of expression and the maximum connection of my inner self to the outer world. Erato Kouloubi interviewed by Popeye loves Olive Art Space

Published: 28.09.2018
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Erato Kouloubi. Brooch: Food Victim 1, 2018. Pasta, acrylics, pigments, bronze.. Photo by: George Oiconomopoulos. Erato Kouloubi
Brooch: Food Victim 1, 2018
Pasta, acrylics, pigments, bronze.
Photo by: George Oiconomopoulos
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2018 will be the first year that Popeye loves Olive Art Space will represent 9 Greek artists at Joya Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair in Spain, in order to show the diversity of creativity in the city of Athens. This is the 5th part of 9 interviews made by Popeye loves Olive Art Space.

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Was jewelry the first choice in your career?  If not, from which field do you come from and what led you to jewelry?
The truth is I have spent most of my life making jewelry. I was fortunate to get involved with the jewelry field at the age of nineteen. My approach to it has changed many times, but it has never ceased to impress me. I always find infinite ways to connect with it.

What is the thing that fascinates you in what we call art jewelry?
What fascinate me in art jewelry is to experiment on materials with new abilities. The freedom of expression and the maximum connection of my inner self to the outer world. The identification and the sharing of a moment with an unknown, but also the joy or the curiosity that this kind of jewelry brings to the eyes of the public.

Which of your pieces made you feel that you’ve reached your greatest inspirational moment? What does it mean to you?
The collection Oh no! This is Toxic was the first that was based on experimental materials. When I created the Monomolecular piece, I really felt something special. I had created a necklace with the biggest volume so far and I had managed to emphasize on the geometric form that interested me, along with a new material that represented my concept (tar) but also satisfied my aesthetics.

Which of your collections will be represented by Popeye loves Olive Art Space in Joya Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects fair this October in Spain? Tell us a few words about it.
At Joya Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects, I will show two pieces of my recent project Food Victim. This body of work investigates the relationship between Appetite and Social Icons. Throughout history women's bodies have been regarded as objects of beauty and desire. During the years, different aesthetics were supporting femininity. Nowadays, media images and fashion, support diet food industry by causing an artificial problem to women  population, in order to use them as products of consumer society. For this reason, in my work, the use of pasta creates ironic and boundary crossing pieces that beautify and emphasize on how public image turns a basic need such as food into overeating disorder, bulimia, self-destruction and social rejection. How Social Icons turn feminism into body fascism.