Roxy Lentz interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 24.10.2017
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Roxy Lentz. Earrings: Untitled, 2017. Repurposed silver plate metal tray.. 5 x 5 cm. Photo by: Roxy Lentz. Roxy Lentz
Earrings: Untitled, 2017
Repurposed silver plate metal tray.
5 x 5 cm
Photo by: Roxy Lentz
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A truly passionate jewellery artist who only wants to make jewellery in order to make people happy with her creation and make people think.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I think in The USA jewelry is very standardized. There are few teachers, and I think jewelry has become predictable in most art fairs. The public wants to wear jewelry their friends understand immediately, and won’t ask them what it is, or why are they wearing this. I think my work has an “American” hand because that is where I live, but I try to expand my style and make it eclectic. Saying that there are a group of artists in the US who are known around the world for their work because they take risks.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I hope to make the public think about what I have made, and have the courage to wear something people will talk about. I end up making things that may be ordinary so I have something to sell, but I want to make things that take one's breath away.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
I have many interests, but jewelry is my first love, and that is what I spend my time on. It is mostly metalsmithing of repurposed silver plate trays.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
I was fortunate to see the work of Alexander Calder in London last year. It was amazing to see in person, and I so wanted to pick up and hold.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
I am always surprised when creativity comes from a country that has been repressed for a long time or is currently repressed. Turkey is one that comes to mind.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
I love the work of Talya Baharal, Poly Nikolopoulou, and Dina Abargil. I also love the work of the teachers at Alchimia.

What piece of work has given you the most satisfaction?
It was a brooch I made with the stand back. I learned the technique at a workshop at Alchimia, and then perfected in a class with Amy Tavern. I still need to work on making it perfect. The brooch was bought by a long time fan, so I know it is in a good home now.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
Yes, the magazine I consult the most is Metalsmith.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Yes, I have a circle of metalsmith friends where I live, but I am the only one who strives to make jewellery for the European aesthetic. I also have cultivated a circle of friends around the world who make jewellery.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
The future is very uncertain these days for all of the world. In the meantime, I want to make beautiful jewellery that people will love and make them happy.