My Jewellery is Amulet Giving People Powers and Story. Interview with Inbar Avneri, Winner of the Klimt02 JPlus Emerging Talent Audience Award 2020

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Published: 16.02.2021
My Jewellery is Amulet Giving People Powers and Story. Interview with Inbar Avneri, Winner of the Klimt02 JPlus Emerging Talent Audience Award 2020.
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Inbar Avneri. Bracelet: Veiss, 2020. Brass, gold plating.. 8.5 x 13.5 x 8 cm. From series: Fading Fantasy. On body.. Inbar Avneri
Bracelet: Veiss, 2020
Brass, gold plating.
8.5 x 13.5 x 8 cm
From series: Fading Fantasy

On body.

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Inbar Avneri, graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, won the JPLUS Emerging Talent Audience Award by Klimt02 2020 with her graduation work Fading Fantasy by receiving 307 votes among 1697 responses during the online voting. In this interview, Inbar talks about her creative experience, the design process of her recent work, and more.
Congratulations on winning the JPlus Emerging Talent Audience Award in 2020! Please tell us a bit about yourself and how did you get on the path to contemporary jewelry?
Thank you! It's exciting to know that the audience at home loves my art. I am 27 years old, I was born and raised on a kibbutz in the north of Israel. All my life I have been involved in art, whether it is drawing or dance, so the decision to study jewelry design was a direct and natural continuation for me. Shenkar gives you the freedom to create anything you want, and my jewelry is a product of my drawings, so they are automatically more artistic and contemporary than commercial.
You mentioned before that you got inspiration from Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings, could you introduce to us a bit how it inspired your research and your artistic work? What is your process when you start making a new piece?
This is a book my brother let me read when I talked to him about my desire to create new creatures. The book helped me see and understand the long and deep history of animals and humanity and how each culture invented different legends about them. Also, in the book there is only a literal description of how the animal looks so that my imagination had the freedom to act in full and to understand that my animals can be anything I want them to be. My creative process begins with drawing. Not a drawing of the final product, but a character who is an inspiration to the final animal. I do not know for sure what the jewel will look like at the end, I play with the material more and more until I am satisfied with the movement of the material and the character it gives to the animal.

Inbar Avneri. Brooch: Dilfoeai, 2020. Paper, brass. 5.5 x 3.9 x 8 cm. From series: Fading Fantasy.

What's local and universal in your work?
I think my creatures are mostly universal and personal. I learned that they are like that when different people saw them as different animals. Each animal is made up of different elements of animals that are familiar to all of us, so that everyone can find himself in them and what he knows. Paper, the main material in this project, makes them more local. At the beginning of the work process, Israel entered a lockdown and in the absence of a workshop where I could work in metal, I had to find another material with which I could work from home. So there is no doubt that the corona and its implications for our world appear here as well.

How important do you think is wearability in contemporary jewelry? And in your pieces?
I believe that jewelry in general should be wearable. Jewelry is an art related to the body, so there is no choice but to have them on the body. But the question is what is wearable. It can be in a strange way, unusual, or even uncomfortable if that is the desire. My jewelry lives on both body and without. To me, they are living beings like any other animal, but when they are worn, they become a kind of amulet and give the person their powers and story. My jewelry is not necessarily comfortable or natural, but it blends in with the body.

Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
The use of technology is not natural to me. I’m drawn to the familiar handiwork, to the kind of work in which I play with the material. However, I can imagine how later in my career I will use technology, like laser-cut, to create large objects.

After graduating from Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, how is your career going so far? Do you have any news to share with us?
After Shenkar, the first thing I did was rest and digest the experience.
From the moment I graduated, I started working as a jeweler in a jewelry studio located in Tel Aviv. There I learn to work properly with gold and diamonds, which I believe will help me in the future. On top of that, I am starting to learn tattooing, which is very exciting to me. I can finally use my paintings as they are, let them be my face as an artist.