Interview with Pallavi Gandhi

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Published: 23.01.2015
Interview with Pallavi Gandhi.
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Pallavi Gandhi. Brooch: And Still I Live, 2014. Sterling silver, ruby. 1.2 x 6 cm. Photo by: Pankja Mishra. Image edited by: Bridgette Shepherd, Klimt02
. Front View. Pallavi Gandhi
Brooch: And Still I Live, 2014
Sterling silver, ruby
1.2 x 6 cm
Photo by: Pankja Mishra

Image edited by: Bridgette Shepherd, Klimt02
Front View

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Contemporary Indian jeweller, Pallavi Gandhi, explains the sources of inspiration for her artistic practice and hopes for contemporary art jewellery in India.
Do you think that jewelry is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I think jewellery has always been standardized.  In olden days, it aligned with the local standards of smaller communities.  In today's times, education, cross-cultural exchanges and globalization work to achieve the same effect on a global scale.

There are many people today who produce original work (the universal aspect), but it is also important to find one's original voice (the local aspect of one's work).  In my personal experience, I have found that occasionally stepping away from the overwhelming dictations of materialism and the instant gratification of a fast-track life, to spend time with myself, has helped me to nurture my voice and the vision for my work.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
My work is narrative in nature.  I hope that people relate to it and continue that dialogue in their own lives, in their own time and at their own pace.

Are other areas besides the jewelry, present in your work?
There is intent expressed through a narrative.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
Books: The Exile by Navtej Sarna, The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Lilian's Story by Kate Grenville
Movies: He Was a Quiet Man (English, 2007) and Ben X (Belgian-Dutch, 2007).     

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Since I love stories, I'm always partial to local myths and indigenous art forms. I enjoy the narrative of Indian folk art and the little that I understand of Australian aboriginal art.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
There are many.  As I come from a fine jewellery background, Peter Chang, David Watkins, Wendy Ramshaw, Karl Fritsch, Philip Sajet, Bruce Metcalf and Wendy McAllister are just some of the names whose works have influenced my approach to jewellery.  In recent times, the works of Sophia Georgiopoulou, Maria Apostolou, Kimberly Nogueira, Mark Fenn, Viktoria Munzker, Claudio Pino, Elin Flognman and Genne Laakso are again, just some of the jewellers whose works I have come to admire.

I'd like to make a special mention of Sham Patwardhan-Joshi, an Indian studio jeweller, based in Germany. His work, which is sculptural in style and playful by nature, immediately appeals to the sensibilities of sculptors working in stone and clay in India.

I also admire the consistent efforts of Mr. Sylvo Schroeder, the former principal of Jewellery Design & Technology Institute, India.  Mr. Sylvo Schroeder continues to promote the field of Art Jewellery among the jewellery design students.  And Anvita Jain for initiating Project Bawra.
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
The pieces that allow me to take a stand against social, religious and political injustice, are often the ones that give me the most satisfaction. Example: And Still I Live, Paper Thin and The Limp of the Royal Buffoon.
Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I read Klimt02. Other than that, I source most of my information from facebook.
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
I share my work freely on various online platforms like my Facebook profile and page, my blog and twitter.  And I am open to discussions about my work.
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
HOPE! In India, individual initiatives are still not encouraged and one is expected to engage with the larger community through an allotted community platform.  But there is still immense hope, that alongwith the other supporters of Project Bawra, art jewellery will gain momentum in India.
Pallavi Gandhi. Ring: A Collection of 4 Rings, 2011. Sterling silver, brass. Photo by: Pankaj Mishra. Image edited by: Bridgette Shepherd, Klimt02. Pallavi Gandhi
Ring: A Collection of 4 Rings, 2011
Sterling silver, brass
Photo by: Pankaj Mishra

Image edited by: Bridgette Shepherd, Klimt02

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