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Interview with Maria Cristina Bellucci

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 14.09.2016
Interview with  Maria Cristina Bellucci.
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Maria Cristina Bellucci. Bracelet: 12 bracelet 5, 2012. Coloured pencils. Maria Cristina Bellucci
Bracelet: 12 bracelet 5, 2012
Coloured pencils
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I live my work as a very personal experience. An exhibition for me is a way to let my jewellery interact with other people, I want to share my jewellery.  An exhibition is the most interesting form of advertising for me.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
The question is interesting because nowadays things are very different from the past.

It's often difficult find something local.

I think nowadays globalization is stronger than local influences. In my work it's difficult for me to separate local from global influences. I see my life and as a consequence my work like a personal path.
I can say that I have always been honest with myself. I live in the present, I'm happy and I use my life-my work for a personal evolution. My objective is to be in harmony with life and with the environment.

At the same time I can say that the materials I used in my work are a bridge with my past, so they talk about my local experience. Wood and coloured pencils can be a symbol or a bond with local environments. My grandfather worked with wood, when I work with the same material I think about him, I'm sure something of him is with me, now.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I live my work as a very personal experience. An exhibition for me is a way to let my jewellery interact with other people, I want to share my jewellery. An exhibition is the most interesting form of advertising for me.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
In the past I made jewellery for a stage use. It was interesting working with a large team. It was a very different from working alone in my lab for myself. In the same period  it was interesting working in the field of costumes design for cinema and theatre and experimenting with a lot of materials and to transform a design into a finished costume. Danilo Donati is the costume designer I liked the most to work with, for his very special sensibility. He was a dreamer.

At the moment I'm working with a colleague on a design collection, something different from jewellery. I'm interested in exploring other areas.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
It's a film that I've seen recently, "El abrazo de la serpiente" directed by Ciro Guerra filmed in the Amazonian region of Colombia. I'm interested to know the indigenous cultures because I’m fascinated to see as they live in harmony with nature and I’m sure they have a knowledge that we often understimate.                                                                         
Recently I studied the ayurvedic massage of sri Govindan, direct disciple of Gandhi, through his books and videos. I appreciate his point of view. I was very impressed by his way  communicating clearly and precisely. I received a lot of inspiration from his teaching.

In my life ayurveda and art are both so important. I feel a strong motivation to deepen both..                

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Italy always surprises me. I’m surprised to find something different. Creativity and simplicity. Italy is open to other cultures. Like in this window.

Villa Sticchi in the Salento region.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Yes, many in contemporary jewellery. About artists in the past I admire very much Bruno Munari, also Constantin Brancusi, Mirò… for example, the Australian aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Aboriginal art is very interesting, I'm passionate of their synthesis and great energy. One of the contemporary artist I love more is Andy Goldsworthy, I've known his work through videos.
… so poetic. Working with nature elements as he does it is an inspiration to me.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
If I think about one of my piece of jewellery, the one that I like the most would be a piece of the Colours collection, all carved by hand: 07ring10 made for the first time in the 2007. I'm glad I did it again recently for a private new client.

Another piece I like very much is a bracelet made with colour pencils and wood: 10 bracelet 2.

Furthermore I worked some months ago for a new gallery. It was very pleasant for the very special collaboration with the manager.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
Usually I don’t read any Jewellery Magazines. I follow what happen in the world in the field of contemporary jewellery throught internet, Klimt02 website, social medias . . .
I don’t like medium like magazines, tv…I prefer using digital media, I read papers only when is strictly necessary.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Usually I discuss my work with my gallerists. I also have sometimes the possibility to talk with other artists. It's very stimulating and enriching for me to discover a different approach. I'm open to comparison.  I often talk about my work with my daughter. She's creative and I'm interested to her different point of view.  
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
Future is unknown therefore interesting. I see many new ideas in the present and I hope the best for our planet. All our problems can be solved, I'm sure. If humans are wise we'll have a prosperous future.
I expect humans to increase their awareness.