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----------------------------------------------------....................---.INTERVIEW WITH MARC MONZÓ

 

" Jewelry. The craft provides a base. It represents a starting point from where to deal with things, organize them and make a ritual out of what is happenig.

Jewels are just the tool.The big project is the attempt to understand through the making of them.

Pieces appear according to my most immediate needs.Which turns the manipulated matter into a map of my reality".

Marc´s jewellery appears as a modest rejection of the ordinary: the only way to stimulate the mind, questioning values and preconceived ideas. To carry on hopes.

Special Thanks, Pictures: @ Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

 
Who is Marc Monzó, exactly?
Marc Monzó is exactly a man born the 16th of July of 1973 in Barcelona.

You started studyng Jewellery from your interest in the scale of action that the medium offered you and not for the ornamental character for itself, what were you looking for?
In 1992 I visted the Escola Massana witch is the Arts and Crafts school of Barcelona. I wanted to study Craft but I was not sure wich one to choose so I had a look to all the classes. I will always remember when I came in the jewellery class. I saw lots people putting their attention to small objects, working with small precise tools. I had no doubt that I should study there.

Is there any fact that has masked your vision of Jewellery? 
At the beginning of my career I was doing objects. Small elements that were not related to the body. In 1996 I saw an exhibition by Karl Fritsch and the exhibition "Ourobouros" by Ruudt Peters. This experience changed my perception about the Craft. Many prejudices were dissolved. Suddenly I realized that jewelry could be a valid support to express one self in freedom. Also the technical limits that jewelry have fitted  with my needs.

Do yo remember your first jewellery piece?, What does it mean for you and in what sense was your first step?, Do you still have it?
Yes, is a piece called "The Half Ring". I still have it. Was my first approach to jewelry. Is half ring of gold. The fact that is incomplete interests me. I have some of this early works. Sometimes I have the sensation that when I am working I am looking for those experiences that I had doing this first works. I recognize in them something that I can't explain but that is important for me. There is a root in those elements.
 
 
At what point your pieces reveals different autobiographic aspects and, in what sense are you worried about the interaction with wearer?
My jewelry is about jewelry, about matter, about the nature of objects. My pieces are not narrative but of course autobiographic.
I use the craft to ritualize my life. The craft provide me a way to observe the world, to be here.
To be honest I don't think too much in the wearer in terms of that I work for a specific kind of person. My jewelry can be worn by man or women, a kid or a grandmother.

Univers of the tiny things has an special attraction for you; in fact, it defines part of your work, but the magnificence too, how do you combine these apparently opposite terms?
Since my childhood I've felt  attracted by small objects. I collected all kind of small elements. I feel comfortable exploring and studding small size things. There is also a need to be precise in this action. This precision interests me.
The idea of living in a planet that is floating in the middle of the universe is scary for me. I consider my obsession to small elements a reflection of such a fear.

Could you explain what is the main concept behind your discourse?
My work represents an exercise for me. Maybe I am more interested in the experience of making jewellery that in the jewelry it self. It is important that the pieces represent this idea.
Even sometimes I see my jewellery as a residue of an activity, of a way of observing.
 
 

A lot of your pieces are made of noble and traditional materials as gold, but you have an special feeling with plastic. Plastic is one of your favourite materials, why are you so enthusiastic about it?
Plastic has some qualities I appreciate. It has fantastic colors, is very light and strong and has a warm contact with the skin. I like the banal nature of plastic. A material that is around daily. This characteristics makes me work with, as a material I consider valuos..
For some years I've been working with parts of plastic elements found. Now technology allows to create plastic pieces with low costs, like the White Form pendants witch are made of printed nylon.

How important is the materials in order to express yourself through your jewellery work?
I am not a designer. I mean I don't make drawings or design things before making them. I just work directly with material. There is a playful relationship with matter wich I consider important. I work with my hands.

What is the most innovative (or experimental) technique you have worked with?
In terms of modern technology maybe rapid prototyping or laser welding, this does not mean I consider them innovatives. Maybe the term innovative relates in the way we use them.
 
 

In terms of creation, what kind of influences has another artistic disciplines- such as Photography, Fashion, Literature, Architecture, etc-  you make consider?
I studied music, flute and trumpet. I like the inmaterial nature of music. In the workshop I always listen to music, it represents a bridge to focus in the work in a certain way. My work is very influenced by music and sound.

Most of the people which are dedicated to work in the field of Contemporary Jewellery know about it means but there is a difference between Contemporary Jewellery and Jewellery. How would you stablish such difference for a general public?
I don't like the term Contemporary Jewellery. I don't really know what does it mean. I do jewellery. I cosider myself a jeweller. I don't think there are many diferences between me and a jeweller from the past century. We both use the craft in very simillar ways. Maybe the only difference is that we work in different contexts.

To conclude, Your beauty addtion?
Music

 
More Info: http://www.marcmonzo.net
 
 
 

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