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Leonor Silva interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 06.07.2017
Leonor Silva Leonor Silva
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2017
Leonor Silva. Ring: Ghostbuster, 2017. Sterling silver, opala menelite. 3.3 x 5 cm. Photo by: António Medeiros. Leonor Silva
Ring: Ghostbuster, 2017
Sterling silver, opala menelite
3.3 x 5 cm
Photo by: António Medeiros
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Intro
My work, reflects the world that surrounds me and the interpretation of ongoing events. There are feelings that I mirror on my pieces that are worked on a universal language and would be understood in any part of the world, however there is always a part of my work that shows my emotional path and reveals my artistical essence as a human being.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
This is a question that is transversal to jewellery history and in a certain way has always been like this. Social patterns are easily accepted and end up working as a commercial assurance. The author’s jewel develops a critical role and has a disruptive power, for I believe that there will always exist authors who fulfill that mission.

My work, reflects the world that surrounds me and the interpretation of ongoing events. There are feelings that I mirror on my pieces that are worked on a universal language and would be understood in any part of the world, however there is always a part of my work that shows my emotional path and reveals my artistical essence as a human being.


What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
When I expose and show my work I start a “delivery” process. It stops being mine and starts following the function for which it was created. Therefore, I hope that the ones who see them, feel the emotion and the message that lies beneath it, even though of it’s nature. Feeling a piece, goes through attributing a meaning which might be correspondent to what I thought as the piece was being conceived, or not. The important is that everyone hopefully can take advantage of the piece and feel the values and beliefs that it stands for.


Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
When I propose myself to create a piece, I don’t take it as a construction of a jewellery piece. I focus on a critical construction that then transforms into a ring, necklace or adorn. That critic work crosses most of the times with other artistical areas such as arquitecture, painting, dance or even music.


The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
Happy Birthday Mr. President was a work which I involved myself in a very emotionally deep way. The sarcasm and irony are present in the piece as tools to describe the way women are used in nowadays society, as an purely consumist act.



Leonor Silva, Choker: Happy Birthday Mr. President, 2017, Sterling silver with patina, zirconia
6 x 3 x 36 cm, Photo by: António Medeiros




A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
I don’t believe that creativity has to do with the place. Of course there are places that cause a huge impact in terms of artistic creation, but for me, creativity is necessarily related to our capacity of deconstructing and constructing what surrounds us. It is a technical act that is trained and ends up working in every place.


Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Pina Bausch, José de Guimarães, Siza Vieira, Philippe Starck, Le Corbusier, Maria João Pires, Oscar Niemeyer, are my inspiration.


What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
Hope, It is an unique piece, of huge delicacy and emotionally transports me to the biggest calamity of our century. It is dedicated to all refugees. I can't look at it and feel indifferent.


Leonor Silva, Brooch: Hope, 2016, Sterling silver with oxidation, silver with gold plated and rubber
4.5 x 10 cm, Photo by: Matilde Travassos




Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I usually protect myself and avoid jewellery magazines. I like to know the other's work, however I prefer not to, just to protect my artistical process and avoid "contaminations".


Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Yes, I like to do it, especially with people that are closer to me. It is very stimulant and it develops debates and helps to analyse the questions associated with the piece itself.


What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
I expect for representation of feelings. I hope for jewellery pieces that are eternal and forever uniques.
 
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