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Marilena Karagkiozi interviewed by Klimt02

Published: 20.09.2017
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Marilena Karagkiozi. Ring: Alien Grape Anatomy, 2017. Cement, salt crystals, pigments, bronze, silver.. Marilena Karagkiozi
Ring: Alien Grape Anatomy, 2017
Cement, salt crystals, pigments, bronze, silver.
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My work is at is best when I mix different forms of expression and different media and I aim to create a space where authentic emotions are evoked that facilitate a moment of coming in contact with one’s true feelings.
Do you think that jewelry is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
If standardization is here used to describethe process of making something conform to a standard”, the answer is both “yes” and “no”. 
While our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the jewelry industry remains primarily local and influenced by local trends. Branded jewelry, that is more susceptive to standardization, is claiming a significant space in people’s perception of their self-esteem and in the display of new money. 
Small companies and artists can only resist by remaining authentic and dynamic and by creating innovative pieces of art. Such a development does not support an extensive standardization of production. Advances in technology affect all of this, of course.
Coming from Greece and having first studied archaeology, my local was rather universal early on, and I learned to work with diverse philosophies of beauty as well as abstract concepts. My relocation to Italy increased this openness, as have my travels. I do familiarize myself with and am affected by local culture but this does not define my work in significant ways. My sustained desire to produce and experiment with new forms and materials is an expression of my universal approach to art.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I have not set expectations but I have high hopes: ideally, I would like my art to inspire or provoke an inner emotional dialogue. I aim to create a space where authentic emotions are evoked that facilitate a moment of coming in contact with one’s true feelings. If the visitor decides to share their emotions with me I will be even more thrilled, but this is not necessary for me to feel successful.

Are other areas besides the jewelry, present in your work?
I have designed and produced furniture and sculptures; have made video art and installations; and have developed a number of graphic design products. My work is at is best when I mix different forms of expression and different media.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
The dark tower series by Stephen King and Bangkok.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
I am fascinated by abandoned industrial spaces. They no longer “create” but inspire creativity.

Is there any designer, jeweler, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Both my mentors (Manos Panagiotou and Yiannis Siotis).  I am also intrigued and inspired by Salvador Dali, Banksy, and Tim Burton.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
All my pieces are special to me and allow me to experience an intensely creative period. When a piece has been completed, my mind flies in a new direction and lands on the next idea. I developed a longer connection with the series Katharsis because it was very personal and helped me move on after a serious challenge.

Do you read Jewelry Magazines? What is your source to get information?
Occasionally. I prefer doing concrete research on specific topics that relate to what I work on at the time.
Do you discuss your work with other jewelry artists or any other person?
Yes, a lot – with other artists but also with friends and family.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for? 
We are living too much for tomorrow and not enough for the now.  We often read the moments going backward, which is not conducive to growth and change.  Society’s standards convince us that we can predict the future, but I think that all is open and prefer to have no concrete expectations and let myself be surprised. After all, I will continue to react and create no matter how the world develops.