Interview with Katja Toporski

Interview  /  Artists   BehindTheScenes
Published: 02.09.2016
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Katja Toporski. Brooch: New Angels for Walter Benjamin 2, 2014. Silver, concrete, porcelain, acrylic. 5 x 2.5 x 1cm. Photo by: Katja Toporski. From series: Angelus Novus. Katja Toporski
Brooch: New Angels for Walter Benjamin 2, 2014
Silver, concrete, porcelain, acrylic
5 x 2.5 x 1cm
Photo by: Katja Toporski
From series: Angelus Novus
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I am optimistic by nature-things will work out. I don't expect anything. I hope to spend more time on jewelry related travel around the globe.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I assume you are referring to contemporary art jewelry specifically.
I would say that there are certain trends surfacing within the field that seem to dictate a kind of aesthetic, perhaps influenced by a trending technique that a lot of artists latch on to. This is in some way a natural occurrence fostered by what is being taught in schools and by the ubiquity of images of work on a whole host of social media. It is upon each artist however, to extract his or her own personal approach from all those potential influences.

I am a foreigner in the country where I live. This places me in front of a cultural divide that can be hard to cross. Maybe it is the reason why my work does not reflect local influences. If there is anything local in my work it will be from my home country, Germany. My interest in prehistoric cultures comes from there as well as a philosophical approach to jewelry and what it may mean.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
That’s why I make the work; it’s when it comes alive. It also gives me the opportunity to show it in what I think of as the object context. Props, that act as extensions of the work. At jewelry fairs the second lifeline of the work comes into focus in the form of potential wearers. It is harder at exhibitions to create a strong connection to the audience/ viewers/ wearers where the display can be somewhat static and uninviting.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
Anything containing an original truth: certain places around the world, contemporary art, certain books, movies.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
City: Tokyo
Book: Siri Hustvedt: The Blazing World.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Just one?! Bucharest comes to mind: anything seems possible there.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
The jewellery of Fumiki Taguchi.
Wolfgang Laib, John Cage, Tacita Dean,…

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
Of my own work? The pieces in my Angelus Novus series were very personal to me.
Others? I find Esther Knobel’s work very moving- especially her stitching on metal and the Requiem series.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I read Metalsmith magazine. If I can get my hands on it I read Autor and Current Obsession. Other sources are books, conferences/symposia, AJF, and of course: Klimt02!

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Not often enough! More my non jewelry friends.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
I am optimistic by nature-things will work out. I don't expect anything. I hope to spend more time on jewelry related travel around the globe.