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The respect for traditional culture and the eagerness to seek a new form of expression have led me to the present. Xinia Guan interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 28.08.2019
Xinia Guan Xinia Guan
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Xinia Guan. Brooch: Present, 2019. Sterling silver, 23.5k gold foil.. 6 x 6 x 3 cm. Photo by: Xinia Guan. Xinia Guan
Brooch: Present, 2019
Sterling silver, 23.5k gold foil.
6 x 6 x 3 cm
Photo by: Xinia Guan
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Intro
From my working process, each line I cut became a full circle, each circle became a full pattern. Folding all these patterns into my form. And after all, the forms all related to my cutting line at the beginning. In this sense, I enhance myself to my pattern. By deconstructing the pattern, I found my seed, my flower, my fruit, my tree.
What's local and universal in your artistic work?
My dream to become a jewelry designer is closely related to my living environment. I was born in Inner Mongolia, a minority region known for its nomadic culture and distinct art form. The respect for traditional culture and the eagerness to seek a new form of expression have led me to the present. When putting the traditional totem into the minimalist geometric pattern itself, the expression becomes more free and universal.


What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
Be able to get the audience's different understanding and feedback of my work is an inspiration for creation. When the work leaves me to the person who loves it, the meaning of each work also changes.


How important is handmade for you in your development? What role does technics and technology play in your development?
Handmade has its own temperature. It can be a record, a story that extended over time. It opens up a conversation between the work and myself. From my working process, each line I cut became a full circle, each circle became a full pattern. Folding all these patterns into my form. And after all, the forms all related to my cutting line at the beginning. In this sense, I enhance myself to my pattern. By deconstructing the pattern, I found my seed, my flower, my fruit, my tree.
I respect the inheritance and expression of absolute traditional craftsmanship, and I am also very interested in new technologies. In this visual age, I would like to try more different expressions in the future.


When you start making a new piece what is your process? How much of it is a pre formulated plan and how much do you let the material spontaneity lead you?
I often start my brainstorming from the paper models, rhino models, and some sketches when I have more and more knowledge with one pattern, the possibility of what I can think of increases.


Are there any other areas besides the jewels present in your work?
Actually, besides my role as a jeweler, I am also a photographer. Through my lens, I want to find the original image of the world, preserve those memorable moments, and explore deeper interpretation of color and structure. I am also a tattoo artist. I believe that tattoo, which embodies the essence of various cultures, could express personal belief with the application of modern and traditional art. In designing the various tattoo patterns, I would pursue delicacy and perfection in real earnest.


How important is wearability in contemporary jewellery? And in your pieces?
Wearability gave my work a new life. Like the beginning of another cycle.


The last work, book, film, city that moved me was...
Book: Liao Cao by Xingjia Jia.
Film: Tekkonkinkreet (2006).


What/who is the biggest influence in your career?
My mother.
She is a university professor, because her selfless support allows me to pursue my dream with free mind and respect.


Which piece or job gave you more satisfaction?
I cannot say exactly which piece. Maybe I've enjoyed it all along is this process. Whenever the body of work is completed, it becomes an individual. For myself will be in the making process, more enjoy the fun of solitude. The feeling of enjoying the time brings me the joy of searching in all sorts of corners.


What is your source to get information?
In daily life, I would like to spend some time reading. The habit of reading is formed at the young age of myself.  Also, because of undergraduate language and literature major makes me believe that other media can not replace the power of books. The input and output of a person are proportional. Besides, books, movies, and music are also my sources of information and inspiration.


Considering the experiences you have had over the years - if you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice for the start-up phase, what would that be?
Be braver.
Be free.


Can you describe your personality in 3 words, describe your work in 3 words.
Adventurous, Diligent, Independent.
Geometric, Rhythmic, Meticulous.
Xinia Guan. Brooch: Untitled, 2019. Fine silver, sterling silver, stainless steel (pin).. 6 x 6 x 2.4 cm. Photo by: Xinia Guan. Xinia Guan
Brooch: Untitled, 2019
Fine silver, sterling silver, stainless steel (pin).
6 x 6 x 2.4 cm
Photo by: Xinia Guan
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Xinia Guan. Bracelet: G. II., 2019. Sterling silver, 23.5k gold foil, black patina.. 8 x 4 x 8 cm. Photo by: Xinia Guan. Xinia Guan
Bracelet: G. II., 2019
Sterling silver, 23.5k gold foil, black patina.
8 x 4 x 8 cm
Photo by: Xinia Guan
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
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