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Iro Kaskani interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 18.04.2017
Iro Kaskani Iro Kaskani
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2017
Iro Kaskani. Set: Untitled, 2015. Silver, Jesmonite, porcelain, resin. 36 x7 x 9 cm. Photo by: Panayioa Gregoriou. From series: just codswallop / virtual play. Iro Kaskani
Set: Untitled, 2015
Silver, Jesmonite, porcelain, resin
36 x7 x 9 cm
Photo by: Panayioa Gregoriou
From series: just codswallop / virtual play
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Intro
My intent is for my work to be an authentic personal expression. I believe this is the wisest road for one to follow in order to have a steady course. This personal expression is biographical, actually, it’s the outcome of all gathered perceptions from everywhere.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I think each era outlines its own features, or even better encodes its diversifying elements. This happens with every human activity, therefore in jewellery-making too. How do we distinguish a jewel dating back to the Victorian times from another of the Interwar period? The elements are defining and clearly visible, and make it easy to delineate them. I believe there are elements of our current creative era that will be clearly visible to the historian of the future. My intent is for my work to be an authentic personal expression. I believe this is the wisest road for one to follow in order to have a steady course. This personal expression is biographical, actually, it’s the outcome of all gathered perceptions from everywhere.
The series I circulated in 2011 entitled “no news, good news” was directly linked with the tradition of my country and neighbouring peoples. It was a series of charms and amulets, with a contemporary look and approach.



Neckpiece “366” from the series “no news, good news”, 2011.
5.50m long Rosario, with red thread for good luck, 366 little silver cups for the days of a leap year, and in each cup there’s a knot for the wish of the day.



What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I expect acknowledgement of the working time, the effort and mental involvement spent on it and obviously I expect to find persons whose personal taste would match with the pieces showcased. Furthermore, it’s always a pleasant surprise to hear others’ interpretations on the work exposed.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
There’s music since I listen to music most of my working and leisure time and I often find myself collecting lyrics with the intent to transform them into pieces of jewellery. This, after all, was the basic concept behind the series “you’ve got a message” which I showcased in 2009. There’s humoristic intent sometimes and other times a much more profound point of view. Very often there’s symbolism. It seems trite to mention architecture, I reflect on architecture as the “native country” of all three-dimensional disciplines of art.



The outstanding piece for its humoristic even sarcastic identity, from the series “just codswallop / virtual play” which I circulated in 2015 (in the middle of economic and social crisis in my country). 
“If life was a chessboard and every one of us took an appropriate role, from the king to the pawn, I would have gotten ... the green horse”



The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
“El camino de la autodependencia” (title in the original language), written by Jorge Bucay, was the book that moved me deeply in these recent years. I read almost all of his books, I find them very good but this one is my favorite. I found Barcelona a very friendly and pleasant city to live in and on the other side I found Copenhagen pretty cool and decent.
 
A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
I could not pick one for the moment… perhaps I have to travel more…

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot.
I was astonished viewing the work of Tone Vigeland. I didn’t know her before, I discovered her work this year, through some articles referring to the exhibition devoted to her during Munich Jewellery week- Schmuck- 2017. I admire Louise Bourgeois as an artist and as a personality, I find Dali’s work very intriguing, I deeply appreciate Gaudi’s architecture.
 
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
“This is happiness” was the last one; it’s a piece that came out very spontaneously and with a lot of flow. After watching a video visualising the mechanism of our mind when we feel happy, shared by a friend on Facebook, I went through the whole process to bring the piece to life with enthusiasm.



“This is happiness” was the last one; it’s a piece that came out very spontaneously and with a lot of flow.
After watching a video visualising the mechanism of our mind when we feel happy, shared by a friend on Facebook, I went through the whole process to bring the piece to life with enthusiasm



Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I mostly read news-letters, articles or other publications coming from various sources of expertise on the design, architecture or jewellery field, and I follow the two main platforms for contemporary jewellery on the web, AJF and Klimt02.
 
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
I keep this as a regular part of my working process, which I enjoy the most! To have a point of view on the piece I’m working on, from some friends that frequently pass by, who are not jewelers but practice other design fields and Fine arts. I mostly want to see opinions from people coming from different backgrounds. The view of my husband, who comes from a completely different professional field, and the views of my children are the most revealing for me.
                                               
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for?
I keep reminding myself that “the future is here and now”. I used to postpone things that I solicited, or had as an objective to try out, when I was very young, but now I believe nothing is to be left for later on… Nevertheless, I wish that circumstances would allow me the chance to travel more than I do!
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