Interview with Angela Ciobanu

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Published: 28.07.2015
Interview with Angela Ciobanu.
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I would like people to leave with a butterflies-in-the stomach feeling and the impression that they will not forget my work.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
That part of jewellery that is the result of mass production will always be easily standardized, but I don’t know if there are standards that can or should be applied when dealing with experimental approaches.
I cannot think of my work in terms of local and universal, I believe there is a lot of personal in it. Naturally, at a certain level everything that defines me – including the particular place where I was born, raised and educated, as well as all the other places I have been to - is reflected in my work. But I cannot point at something and say that this is obviously the reflection of my roots, for instance. I will never know how my work would look like if I were from up North or from an exotic land.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I don’t expect, but I like to receive reactions, of any kind. If my work is strong enough to draw someone’s attention and their reactions, then I am happy. It means I haven’t wasted the viewer’s time (or, at least, not completely). I would like people to leave with a ‘butterflies-in-the stomach’ feeling and the impression that they will not forget my work too soon.

Angela Ciobanu Ring: Scratched Beauty.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
I have a background in architecture, it will probably always be reflected in my jewellery, somehow. And there is, I think, a narrative side of my work which comes from my passion for reading (if this could ever be taken for a distinct ‘area’).

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
It is certainly not the last one, but Damascus is the place that made a very strong impression on me when I saw it, back in 2007, some years before the conflict. And it often comes to my thoughts now, when layers of culture are covered in ignorance, violence and ashes.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
There is something about Bucharest that I cannot find anywhere else. I moved to Vienna three years ago, but each time I return to Bucharest I see a place that becomes more vivid and creative as the time goes by.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
 There are many. Only one name allowed: Teresita Fernández and her mesmerizing installations.
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
 There is a lot of myself in ‘Forget-Me-Not’ series, therefore I was most satisfied and happy while working on it and exposing it afterwards.  However, I am currently working on a new collection and although not complete yet, I feel it is already stronger and a lot more intimate – in terms of emotions – than my previous works.

Angela Ciobanu. Brooch from the series Forget me not. 

 Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
 Although I am very old fashioned when it comes to reading and I still prefer the classical paper books to the digital ones, my main source of information for jewellery is the internet (Facebook, jewellery blogs or platforms, artists’ websites). But besides that, luckily, there are books as well. As for the magazines, I read Current Obsession, Art Aurea, Autor.
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
 I rarely discuss my work with anyone, although I do have jewellery artists among my friends. However, ever since we met in 2013, Paulo Ribeiro has been a friend and honest critic of my work, and I know I can always rely on his sharp critical opinion.
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for?
 Yet again, I don’t expect. It is probably the best way to keep yourself away from disappointments (without any pessimistic thought, however). But I don’t like to have expectations, I might make wishes and try my best to accomplish them or I might have dreams and want to see them come through. Having expectations means, at some point, projecting your own wishes on others, too. It is both unfair and unrealistic, I believe. And when it comes to dreaming, I dream so vividly. At the moment, I dream about taking holidays (and this could stand for a ‘great expectation’ for me now).
The first thought when I hear Future? The space between. Between myself and that future, a space that is always, always filled with the present time. Obviously, a cliché, and, as any cliché, is never taken too seriously and is too often ignored.