Throughout the duration of our current exhibition “Holy Tools!“, the blog of LA Joaillerie invites you to discover the artists participating in the exhibition. Through a tool-Portrait, discover their considerations on tools, their views on crafts and handmaking.
An architect, Maria Diez Serrat feels a certain frustration not being able to portray exactly what she was projecting in her work. Therefore, she discovered jewellery, where her hands speak for her, where the spontaneous movements represent her thoughts. A balance is what she is searching for, both in her personal and artistic sides of life. She combines responsibility with fun, while on her path to self-fulfilment, and with a lot of generosity. Her compositions reflect an eagerness to find the harmony in contradictory ideas: chaos and order, light and darkness, the abstract world and figurative world.
– If you were a tool ?
Obviously I would not be a measuring tool, because I am not a perfectionist. I identify with the hammer for its ability to transform metal very quickly. I often act impulsively and thus want to make quick decisions.
– If you were a gesture ?
I would be a quick gesture and made under the influence of the unconscious.
– What is your first or most significant memory related to tools ?
My first memory of a tool is linked with scissors. They were cutting in zigzag. I remember making paper mats decorated with different types of cuts.
– Which is your favorite tool and why ?
Aesthetically what fascinates me is rhythm. And scissors convey that impression. They look like a small person with long legs that open and close. One can quickly create infinite shapes.
– Why did you choose working with my hands (and brain!) and what does it provide you ?
Creating with my hands (and head) allows me to surprise myself during the creative process. If one creates only with the head, the ideas bring only rationality, thus leaving aside the surprise. Everything becomes predictable. When I transform things, I comprehend them, and I understand their meaning.
– How do you consider the growing importance of technologies and machines (modelisation, laser, etc) and the vanishing of ancient know-hows? How does this affect your practice or extend your possibilities ?
I think positively about the existence of new technologies,
they allow us to save time in some creative processes. But handcrafted objects transmit the unique emotion of the moment. We should not take the risk of losing craft techniques, since they convey the wisdom of centuries of experience and allow us to develop our intuitive side.