Roberta Ferreira: Curator, Artist and Owner of Dterra Gallery interviewed by Klimt02

Published: 19.11.2017
Roberta Ferreira, Portrait by Gala Diaz​ Roberta Ferreira, Portrait by Gala Diaz​
Carolin Denter, Yuxi Sun
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14 artists presented 2 creations under the same idea, concept or feeling, expressed in different artistic disciplines: one of them jewellery and the other on in any other media.

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Why do you think it is interesting for jewellers to work in another discipline?
To work with another discipline makes jewellers to response a challenge: working in another scale, testing new materials and tools, and, especially getting out of the limits that jewellery somehow imposes, such as the fact that the piece has to be thought for the body. This is very interesting because from that process they can discover new skills and creative ways to develop their future work.

How did the idea for this exhibition come to your mind in the first place?
We were looking the way to question the artistic value of the piece to be worn and the piece that is not, and from this dialogue create reflections from the artists and the public in a search for answers about the role of artistic jewellery in our society. We've held many exhibitions of contemporary jewellery since Dterra was founded 16 years ago. Although we've seen an increase in appreciation from the public, we still feel the need to strive for further recognition of contemporary jewellery as an artistic discipline. So here we are once more with an exhibition that proposes new subjects and ways of presenting them.

How does it feel for you as a jeweller, to work in different scales & disciplines? What was the (hardest) interesting part about?
In my case, from the beginning I have been exploring several artistic expressions, I think there is not an established limit when creating, I need to feel free to work in various disciplines. The most interesting part was to work in two different ways but with the same concept, without losing the expressiveness, the essential. Understanding that the jewel is a piece of art to be worn and the artwork is to be exhibited in a certain place.

Exhibition view at Dterra Gallery.

What’s your understanding of the correlation between jewellery and body?
In the way I understand jewellery, the jewel becomes a jewel when it is expressed in an individual. The jewel is born from a social need of the human being to communicate, to express oneself, to symbolize, to ornament, to show off, to protect oneself. The relationship between jewel and an individual is intimate and personal, even transcendental. Already ancient Egyptians left the jewels in the grave next to the deceased with the idea that they accompanied him in the afterlife.
Sure the body is the right place for the jewel but depending on the relationship between the wearer and his jewel, both may achieve a new meaning and added value.

What was the feedback from the Jewellers?
I think that the best way to illustrate the feedback is to quote the words of some of the participants:
Yumi Kato: „Regarding “Art” is the unlimited self-expression, "Wearable art” is self-expression on a limited field which is the human body, so, I can not separate the words of "practical use “ and “craftsmanship” from wearable art. “ 
Blanca Torà: "Changing the size makes you change the perspectives, the axes, the solution that you have to find to solve it, the techniques and above all, above all, the place it occupies in space and how it is expressed."
Davinia Torija: "The double creative game of this exhibition allows us to create new dialogues between jewelry and other disciplines and thus leave in evidence the great expressive load that allows us to spread, on the one hand, the creative artist and on the other the wearer of the jewel in the moment of being taken from a common point, the contemplation of both. "

When you see the outcome of the exhibition, what do you think about it?
The first thing that is evident at Face to Face exhibition is the ability of the artists to express themselves in different media as jewelry, photography, drawing, sculpture, artist's book, object. And, in this sense, I would like to quote a phrase from Ramon Puig Cuyàs that illustrates this perfectly „It doesn’t matter what medium we employ, whether it be jewellery or painting, music or writing, to create is to invent oneself, to create oneself“. I think that as a whole a rhythm is perceived that is given by the relationship between the jewels and the other works, created by the game between the different scales, different materials, and different artistic expressions. In this exhibition we discover the complicities that exist between all the works, some obvious and others not so much, providing a new point of view that will move the visitor.

How do you experience the Joya 2017 fair and the Off Joya Program? Are there any positive or negative thoughts you would like to share?
In terms of content and selection of artists, I liked it more than the last edition. I think it has been a great success the choice of the invited artist Liana Pattihis for its high quality and commitment to artistic jewellery, also in the school's section, I have seen high-level work.
The Off Joya Program more and more is consolidated as a cultural and exhibition circuit integrated into the city of Barcelona.
From my point of view, a greater involvement of buyers and collectors it’s missing, to encourage artists and gallerists to continue betting on this type of initiative.

Do you have a plan for a next exhibition that you would like to curate?
I’m planning an exhibition that will be called “I’m a Jewel” scheduled for next year. The exhibition will go out to the street; the idea is to work with people from the city, representatives of different collectives wearing art jewellery in everyday situations doing the daily tasks. The objective is that through the jewel a contrast is perceived, a difference in the daily life that allows a greater social empathy.

About the Interviewee

Roberta Ferreira López, graduated in Artistic Ceramics at Escola de Disseny i Art, Llotja, Barcelona. 1994. She broadened her studies with jewelry courses and other techniques in Taller Perill and other centers. Master craftswoman in ceramics by the Generalitat de Catalunya, 2016. Co-directs with Laura Jener, since 2001, dterra gallery workshop, space for creation, promotion and teaching of ceramics and contemporary jewelry. She develops her work in different disciplines, among which stand out art jewelry, installation, and abstract photography. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in Spain, Andorra, France and Argentina.

About the author

Carolin Denter completed her training as Goldsmith at Master School for Craftsmen in Kaiserslautern in 2013. In 2015 she made an Internship at Klimt02, where she is working since 2016 as Content Manager. In 2017 she graduated as Bachelor of Fine Arts in Gemstone and Jewellery at University of Applied Science Trier, Campus Idar-Oberstein. After her graduation, she started working part time as Marketing and Design management Assistanceat Campus Idar-Oberstein in the Gemstone and Jewellery Departement.

Yuxi Sun completed her Bachelor of Arts in Jewellery design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2015. She is undertaking her Master of Fine arts in Gemstone and Jewellery at University of Applied Science Trier, Campus Idar-Oberstein till 2018. Meanwhile, she is making an internship at Klimt02 in 2017.