Interview with Nanna Melland

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Published: 20.06.2015
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I believe to expect something is a devil in your life. It is not important. What is important is to work hard, even if you do not know why or how or when.
What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
Instead of calling it exposing your work, I like to call it to share your work to the public.
It is a vulnerable but necessary process, as well as an important part of the creative process. It helps you to let go and move on. Enable you to make new work!
I try not to have many expectations, but to have someone from the public halt, in front of my work, for a few seconds, attentively and interested, that is quite magical. For example, in the case of my work Swarm, when people decide to wear the airplanes, they do so, because something triggered them, got them interested, bonded them with the work. It is truly a magical experience when the work becomes alive like that.
Nanna Melland's Swarm Installation.
Photo by the artist

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
The book by the Indian author Rohinton Mistry; A fine balance. The last film of the Hobitt by Peter Jackson. I like to think about who I am and who I would be if this and this happened. For example, who would you be when faced with that extreme poverty, as in the book; A fine balance, or who are you, a coward or a hero, when faced with dark evil forces, as in the Bilbo in the Hobitt. We do not know, before it hits us.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
It is hard to say I get directly inspired from places, spaces, countries, or others creativity. I enjoy travelling, but it is only  if something strikes med, shakes me, I can say I get inspired from it. Like in 2010, when I was in Mexico City when the Eyjafjallajdkull volcano erupted, and its ash cloud paralysed all aerial traffic on the northern hemisphere. That experience inspired the work Swarm.
Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?

I am a fan of Tore Svensson’s work, and a huge fan of the British painter Francis Bacon.
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
I was asked that the other day too. I cannot answer that, because satisfaction with my work is something I do not feel. I do what I do, because I must. There is a riddle, and I solve it, when it is solved, there is another riddle, and I go on to solve that one.
There is a price to everything, sometimes the price is very high. If I went for satisfaction, I would only get disappointed. What I can say is I come to an end with the work, and this end should feel good, that is, a decision to stop. Riddled solved. I guess this is as close as I get to satisfaction.
Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I like to listen, and I do not read jewellery magazines. The radio, podcast, Ted talks are my favourite ways of receiving information. Or watch documentaries on net television.
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
It can happen, but in general I discuss very little about my work with others. I can ask people about their opinion about my work, but seldom, and only to a few selected people, sometimes they are not jewellers, but people from another field. I like to have an unfiltered opinion. A spontaneous comment can give me a lot.
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?

Thinking about the future is an activity I try not to burden myself with.
If I think about it, I try to fill it with positive thinking. To believe in a better world, is actually not a bad thing. I believe in that, despite all the hardships and horrors around us, and to believe in yourself, enough to find the strength to wake up in the morning and do something.
What do you expect for?
Again, I believe to expect something is a devil in your life. It is not important. What is important is to work hard, even if you do not know why or how or when. Follow your inner voice, your inner call. Then nothing can go wrong, even if it does go wrong, it doesn`t!