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I am a taxidermist as well as a jeweller. My taxidermy appears in my jewellery pieces and my jewellery adorms my taxidermy sculptures.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I don’t pay much attention to other jewellery but from what I see there’s a lot of homogeneous work out there.
The universal themes in my work are life, death and nature.
What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I expect some people will love it and others will be shocked. I guess that’s the way with most things but my work typically polarizes people.
Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
I am a taxidermist as well as a jeweller. My taxidermy appears in my jewellery pieces and my jewellery adorns my taxidermy sculptures.
The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
Nick Cave and the Badseeds, Skeleton Tree tour. To die for!
A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
New Zealand (my home). I think it has more creative people per capita than anywhere else in the world…
Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Ray Caesar and Wim Delvoye are two of my favourites.
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
My installations at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Julia deVille installation Degustation at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
No, I don’t read jewellery magazines. If I need to learn how to do something I ask one of my jewellers or look it up online.
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Yes, I have four jewellers that work with me and we discus techniques and possibilities all the time.
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for?
3D scanning, CAD, holograms, 3D printing.
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