Rachael Colley interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 08.09.2017
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Rachael Colley. Necklace: The Untanny, 2016. Beef, leather, walnut and copper. 41 x 3 x 41 cm. Photo by: Rachael Colley. From series: M(eat) et al. On model. Rachael Colley
Necklace: The Untanny, 2016
Beef, leather, walnut and copper
41 x 3 x 41 cm
Photo by: Rachael Colley
From series: M(eat) et al

On model

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I consider myself an interdisciplinary artist because I’m currently creating a series of ‘Ambiguous Implements’ to be presented alongside my current jewellery collection ‘M(eat) et al’.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
It’s somewhat necessary for us to standardize jewellery to a certain extent so that the field of art jewellery has something to challenge and push against. Over the past few years, theorists have been commenting on the standardization of art Jewellery as well and it’s up to us to aim for innovation to continue to progress the field. I think that, to a certain extent, local and universal have become one and the same because there is so much universal communication and trade that it’s very challenging to stay truly local, although ‘local’ is rather a trendy theme at the moment. Some of my work has been made using food that I’ve grown in my garden, but the majority of the foodstuffs I use have been picked up at the local supermarket and will have traveled quite some distance to meet my consumer needs.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
Interaction by the public and hopefully some honest feedback. It can be frustrating when you can’t be present at an exhibition and therefore don’t really receive much feedback after putting your work out there. It makes it more challenging to know where you could or should be developing further.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
I consider myself an interdisciplinary artist because I’m currently creating a series of ‘Ambiguous Implements’ to be presented alongside my current jewellery collection ‘M(eat) et al’. These pieces are designed to provoke further, more in depth questions by the wearer/user and viewer, with the aim of challenging aspects such as contemporary consumer culture and body boundary.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
Innsbruck’s folk museum was very inspiring and I’m looking forward to visiting Hong Kong very soon.
A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Creativity is everywhere - differing creative responses across cultures and in shifting environments shouldn’t really be surprising.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
There are too many to name! My colleagues and friends provide me with so much support, I really appreciate them all. Throughout my career, I’ve learned a great deal from my tutors, such as Roberta Bernabei and Laura Potter.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
I am never satisfied with my own work! I really enjoy experiential, immersive, sensory sculptural artworks by James Turrell, Richard Serra and Anthony Gormley’s Blind Light.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I read articles from magazines and journals and also enjoy reading articles I find through twitter. I always look forward to purchasing something from Chrome Yellow when I get the chance.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
It’s really important for me to test my work and gain feedback. I always ask my partner, as well as colleagues and friends who are interested in what I’m up to.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for?
Death is the one certainty of our future. It’s good to recognize it, as it prompts you to question whether you’re ok with things - if not, make a change.