Where is your inspiration coming from?
Every piece begins by reinterpreting Cretan poetry, literature and musical narrative. Cultural place, time and experience inform the outcomes of my work. The jewellery becomes the space in which new associations emerge as the impetus for complex reconstruction.
What are you trying to communicate in particular with your artwork?
My research is about the ways in which jewellery objects can initiate an engagement with, and understanding of, cultural place and identity. The multiplicity of identity is examined, reconfigured and reimagined on a visceral level. The body of work investigates how culture, gender and ethnicity are experienced through composite narratives of time and place. A narrative approach is applied analytically to the construction of artefacts, in order to reflect, interpret and reinvent experience. The complex configurations of each piece become an extension of my cultural experience.
Which material you prefer to use and why?
I like to use a variety of materials in order to bring about the ideas of work. Each material utilized is conducive to concepts of the work. The complexity of the subjects investigated are synonymous with the materiality of each piece. Many of the materials I use are at times obscured through layering, repetition, and the application of paints.
How much value do you give to researching material for your creations?
As a studio based artist, practice based research becomes the place in which inquiry unfolds. Research into theories, materials and processes are an integral part of my practice. Many of my works recontextualize and engage in epistemic narrative, wherein structures of inquiry frame existing knowledge and experience.
Is it more important for you the process, or the final artwork itself?
For me the final artwork is my main emphasis, but in saying that, without the process there is no final artwork. The two are just as important but the piece should stand on its own.
Is there an artist you prefer and why?
There is no one particular artist that I can say has influenced me more then another. There are many from varying disciplines who I admire. If I was to name one artist I would say that the Australian painter Brett Whitely would be a major influence in me choosing to become an artist from an early age. I first saw his work as child and was immediately fascinated by the raw intensity and personal subject matter in which I could find ways to relate to. For me the artwork should always speak to the viewer and they should be able to draw their own interpretations and meanings from it.
Have you ever thought to collaborate with other artists, or you like to work on your own?
I have collaborated with Greek folk Musicians in the past to create immersive installations for the objects to be shown in. In the future I would like to work with other artists such as graffiti artists, video artists and sound artists to further examine ways of creating a space in which the work can be situated. I would also like to work with a ceramic artist on a piece in which we share similar interests and characteristics. Most of the time I do like to work on my own as many of the pieces are informed from personal experiences, but I believe that cross disciplinary collaborations can enrich your experience as a maker.
Where do you feel you are at with this last collection?
I do not make collections. Each piece is a progression from the last piece. It is an ongoing story which is continuously consolidated as each new object is constructed. There are themes that cross from one piece to next and new themes emerge. This new body work draws from more personal repertoire as opposed to my previous works which investigated cultural place and identity through composite narratives.
What have you discovered of yourself, are you satisfied?
This new body of work was made after a long break in which I had a lot of time to reflect where my practice was and what aspects of my work are successful. Through a reflexive practice, many of my projects research introspectively into the nature and multiplicity of culture place, identity and experience. I have realized that I work best when I continue to consolidate ideas and allow the pieces to evolve from each other, rather then trying to make works that would be accommodating to everybody. There is a freedom in the making process when you let go of preconceived ideas. My new works are an attempt to look at the aspects of my previous work as foundation of creating new objects.
Two words to describe your last artwork collection.
inizia un nuovo format di
diari di viaggio
che di volta in volta pubblicherà per ogni artista che avrà voglia di lasciare la sua testimonianza.
saranno pubblicati sotto forma di intervista personale,
si cercherà di percorrere la vita , i pensieri, le paure,
i successi, le fragilità , la felicità degli artisti in viaggio
attraverso il mondo di myday-byday. Artisti che cercano di esprimere se stessi
attraverso la loro arte,
sia essa pittura, scultura, design, fotografia, o altra forma artistica.
myday-byday alla ricerca del bello,
al servizio dei suoi artisti per condividerlo
con tutti voi che siete il loro pubblico.
is starting a new format of travelling diaries which will be published for each artist willing to leave his/her story. These diaries will have the form of a personal interview.
myday-byday will try to interpret the life, the thoughts, the fears, the successes,
the fragility, the happiness behind each art collection travelling through the world and space of myday-byday. These artists try everyday to express themselves through their art, in different ways: from painting to sculpture, from design to photography, or other artistic forms. myday-byday is in constant search for 'beauty', but always at the service of its artists. The goal is: to be able to share and communicate with all of you what 's behind their work.