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I've Always Been Triggered By Art. May Gañán interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 01.07.2020
May Gañan May Gañan
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2020
May Gañán. Ring: Wings Ring, 2019. Cotton, watercolor, brass. 3 x 6 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Andrea Salpetre. From series: Dance Is A Way To Fly. May Gañán
Ring: Wings Ring, 2019
Cotton, watercolor, brass
3 x 6 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Andrea Salpetre
From series: Dance Is A Way To Fly
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Intro
I think networking became just the way. I can't really imagine any other path nowadays. As the world is getting more and more digital, especially after this coronavirus crisis, the possibility that the internet offers us to get in contact with all kinds of audiences that can be potentially interested in our work is huge. Being online in places like Klimt has the potential to considerably improve the visibility of our work.
Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
I’ve always been triggered by art. Attired to it and interested in learning about any way of art expression. From music, to painting, writing, or dance, I always felt the need for creative expression and the gift of connection it provides above all. My interest on contemporary jewellery came by complete accident when I bumped into this not very well-known world nearly 10 years ago. I saw amazing art works full of freedom with which I could easily connect. I’ve just got in love with that feeling of pushing the frame in which a jewel is usually perceived to achieve something beyond the object. “That’s me!” I thought, and here I am ever since.
 
 
How important is networking for you in your professional practice and what are your preferred tools for this?
I think networking became just the way. I can’t really imagine any other path nowadays.  As the world is getting more and more digital, especially after this coronavirus crisis, the possibility that the internet offers us  to get in contact with all kind of audiences that can be potentially interested on our work is huge. Being online in places like Klimt has the potential to considerably improve the visibility of our work.


What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances and where are dead ends?
I always complain about the few people who get to know about the still small world of contemporary jewellery. The majority of pieces could be considered art by themselves as they are not just a wearable piece but a sculptural object you can either wear or just treasure as any other art-piece. The way we work adds a precious value to the piece and develops its uniqueness. So what I would love is seeing this world more open to people, and able to allow anyone interested to get closer and spread the word about this way of expression. That’s what I would go for.
 

Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
I do use social media as a natural extension of my work bench. It is also a tool I daily use in my professional activity as a journalist. I am compelled to make the most of those tools as I think it is fantastic to have a way to express yourself and reach so many people. I spend a lot of time creating my online contents. I’m not interested in marketing my work but in sharing my thoughts as an artist and my work-in-progress. I do not talk only about my pieces, but also about any cultural or social issue that matters to me. In the end all of that makes me the person I am and is reflected on my work. Art for me is a mirror of our circumstances, wishes and feelings.


Necklace: Dance Is A Way To Fly, 2019, Cotton, watercolor, brass, 30 x 26 x 5 cm, Photo by: Andrea Salpetre, From series: Dance Is A Way To Fly


How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
My work has evolved, I guess, especially in terms of unity, in the way it holds the message. If I step back to see the big picture I happen to feel that my main topics have been there from the very beginning: I can see dreams, poetry and soul in every one of my pieces, or at least that’s what I like to think. So what I am excited about now is to feel I belong to these great community of creators, of contemporary jewellers. Coming from a complete different field, like journalism, at the beginning it was for me like entering a completely new world. Looking back I feel grateful for the path I walked, the people I met and the new learnings yet to come.
 
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