Jelizaveta Suska interviewed by Klimt02

Published: 27.09.2016
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When I make my work I think mostly about the process and the person who might wear it. I hope that the owner will reflect about or connect to the piece and its story.

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Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I do think it is standardized but only outside art jewellery field, if I roughly draw a border between them. Standardization is a result of making commercial jewellery. I want to believe that art jewellery as any other art, is independent from commercial trends and therefore the demands of standardization do not apply to it. Of course art jewellery has its tendencies towards it but it is just natural.

Almost any kind of creativity is a result of an influence by environment. I sort of see creativity as the ability to filter experiences and make them into something. The role of environment is crucial. I travel a lot and can’t really feel what my nationality is, so perhaps that makes my work pretty much globalized. Also, I think that the art jewellery field is very small and very well connected which encourages globalization. Locally for me, I think living and studying in Sweden and the influence of its open creative atmosphere has given me the freedom and courage to discover and make my work as it is now.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
When I make my work I think mostly about the process and the person who might wear it. I hope that the owner will reflect about or connect to the piece and its story. I also want to elicit a feeling of surprise and curiosity from viewers that aren’t familiar with my works.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
Yes, there is always a concept that could be somehow related to philosophy or, maybe, poetry in my work.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
The Kar Wai Wong film - Chungking Express.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Oh yeah, it is Russia. Always makes me laugh and cry.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Takashi Kojima jewellery and my drawing teacher and painter Normunds Braslins.

Takashi Kojima. POINT_OBJ_YOROI, 2015.
Pendant, silver, colored stones. 8 × 8 × 4 cm
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What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
I am happiest with the works that completely reflect the meaning I’m trying to express with the jewellery. For me personally, it would specifically be the piece: Frozen Moment - Transition.

Jelizaveta Suska. Brooch: Transition, 2016
Polymer, crushed amber, 14 ct russian gold. 3 x 5 x 3 cm
Photo by: Jelizaveta Suska
From series: Frozen Moment: Amber edition

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I mostly use social media information sources. Occasionally prints like Current Obsession.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Yes, I do. But mainly with friends with artistic backgrounds.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for?
I really hope we can learn to live on our planet without destroying what we have now. Other than that, I like to imagine that everything will move even more towards digitalization. I want to see some virtual reality galleries in the future!