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My work brings out in people a full spectrum of emotions from tears of joy and tears of sorrow to death threats and troll storms. Julia deVille interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 29.04.2019
My work brings out in people a full spectrum of emotions from tears of joy and tears of sorrow to death threats and troll storms. Julia deVille interviewed by Klimt02.
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Julia deVille. Object: Élan Vital, 2012. Lamb, Pearls, Rubies, Silver, Diamonds, Glass. Julia deVille
Object: Élan Vital, 2012
Lamb, Pearls, Rubies, Silver, Diamonds, Glass
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Intro
I am also a taxidermist and recently a novice holographer. I incorporate jewellery into both disciplines, the taxidermy animals are often adorned with precious metal and gems and the subjects of my holograms are my taxidermy works and sometimes even my jewellery.
What's local and universal in your artistic work?
Death, nature, history, love, beauty


What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
A full spectrum of emotions from tears of joy and tears of sorrow to death threats and troll storms.


How important is handmade for you in your development? What role does technics and technology play in your development?
As a jeweler and taxidermist, the handmade is paramount; the majority of my work is formed by my own hands. However, I have recently started using more technology in my work in the form of 3D scanning, CAD and 3D printing as well as experimenting with making holograms and virtual reality… the original subjects/masters for these works are still formed by my hand.


When you start making a new piece what is your process? How much of it is a pre-formulated plan and how much do you let the material spontaneity lead you?
My rings are formed first in wax. It is a very organic, even meditative process. In some instances, I may have direction from a client - but the final result is always more from a flow state anchored in a space without thought and planning.


Are there any other areas besides the jewels present in your work?
Yes, I am also a taxidermist and recently a novice holographer. I incorporate jewellery into both disciplines, the taxidermy animals are often adorned with precious metal and gems and the subjects of my holograms are my taxidermy works and sometimes even my jewellery.


How important is wearability in contemporary jewellery? And in your pieces?
Very important for my wedding and engagement rings, not at all important for my taxidermy sculptures!


The last work, book, film, city that moved me was...
I just finished reading Color by Victoria Finlay. Although it is nonfiction, it almost reads as fiction. Her book Jewels is also wonderful.


What/who is the biggest influence in your career?
Nick Cave, the Victorians and Nature.


Which piece or job gave you more satisfaction?
Mother is my Monarch is the best and most satisfying work I have ever made: an adorned taxidermy stillborn giraffe.
She is painstakingly covered in tiny seed pearls and 18ct gold lilies. Her harness is made from black rhodium plated sterling silver and set with thousands of rose cut diamonds (over 6ct). Her reins are antique pearls, hand linked together on 18ct white gold wire. Her hooves are filled with 150 carats of uncut diamond granules.
There are also several bows (knees, hooves and tail) that are set with rose cut black diamonds.
At her third eye is the setting from my ex-husband’s engagement ring (which he very generously allowed me to use).
I commissioned Kate Rohde to made the case to my specifications.
It was over 10 years in the making and is by far my best work. It is a tribute to my beautiful Mum (hence the title).


Mother is my Monarch by Julia deVille.


What is your source to get information?
Depends on the information required… the internet, dreams, the collective consciousness, friends, parents, myself, meditation…


Considering the experiences you have had over the years - if you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice for the start-up phase, what would that be?
Take a fucking holiday.


Can you describe your personality in 3 words, describe your work in 3 words.
Introverted, unusual, changing / Dark, vocal, contemplative.
 
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