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My pieces have become more androgynous and a fair bit darker in both appearance and subject matter. Interview with Abbi Marie by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 11.11.2022
Abbi Marie Abbi Marie
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2022
Abbi Marie. Brooch: Feathers and Ashes, 2022. Sterling silver, Keum-boo, steel pin. 7.6 x 11 x 2 cm. Abbi Marie
Brooch: Feathers and Ashes, 2022
Sterling silver, Keum-boo, steel pin
7.6 x 11 x 2 cm
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Intro
Contemporary jewellery has become a very natural means of communication for me. I feel like I’m more articulate with sculpting metal than I am with words.
Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
Even as a kid I’ve wanted to go into a creative field. I’ve always gotten a lot of satisfaction from crafting things with my own hands and have felt joy in both the expression and escapism inherent in creating. I originally went to college for a degree in fashion design but after I had taken two jewellery classes I switched entirely to jewellery. The change just felt right. Contemporary jewellery has become a very natural means of communication for me. I feel like I’m more articulate with sculpting metal than I am with words. There have been an embarrassing number of times I can put a whole piece together to describe a feeling but I can’t put a cohesive sentence together. I also enjoy the subtle language in codes and symbols within a piece that alludes to its meaning, if you know the right places to look. 
 
 
What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances, and where are dead ends?
While it has been expanding, I think contemporary jewellery is still in a hidden niche. I’ve always sought out unique, handmade pieces, but I wasn’t even aware of the larger art jewellery community until I joined the program in school. The everyday person doesn’t know where to start to look for contemporary pieces, so I’m looking forward to seeing art jewellery become more approachable and more accessible.
 

Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
I am fairly resigned to technology. I like creating everything by hand and hate going through the process of 3D modelling or designing. I think with my hands, so if I’m not able to hold a piece in front of me, try it on, and see how it fits on the body I feel like I’m working blind. But it’s also become apparent that it’s so necessary to understand and use. I’ve recently had wax models 3D scanned to make production pieces realistic, and even one-of-a-kind pieces scanned so I have a backup if something happens to the casting. Also, it's impossible to be an independent artist today without understanding - to some degree- SEOs, social media algorithms, website workings, etc.


How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
I am fairly fresh out of school so my work has evolved a lot over the past few years. My early pieces were very traditionally feminine, and whimsical, and had an air of child-like wonder. Over the past two years or so my pieces have become more androgynous and a fair bit darker in both appearance and subject matter. I came to find there was a sense of power in owning one’s darker tales rather than covering them up. Which I suppose is symbolic of growing up and seeing the world through more experienced eyes. 

I’m excited to see how far I can push things, both technically and conceptually. It’s been fun over the years to be able to tell new stories in new ways as I’ve gotten more comfortable with different techniques. I’d like to become a jack of all trades so I can have a full vocabulary, in a sense, to create from.
Abbi Marie. Brooch: Aurora, 2021. Sterling silver, Keum-boo, steel pin. 9 x 11 cm. Abbi Marie
Brooch: Aurora, 2021
Sterling silver, Keum-boo, steel pin
9 x 11 cm
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