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03/05/2017

COUP de COEUR …. BLACK is BLACK with Tiina Rajakallio

Tiina Rajakallio
Finnish artist Tiina Rajakallio in Rome the 10th of may 2017, for the first time for a solo exhibition of contemporary jewelry at myday-byday space in Via Luca della Robbia 76, Testaccio. Gallery hours 10 30/19 30.
myday-byday ‎ Tiina Rajakallio in Rome on 10 may 2017
 » I am thinking about the present-day Western people and their connection with nature.
How natural the contact is? Is it romanticized, magical, run by economical efficiency or totally gone? Are we still part of the nature? And what is the relationship between spirituality and nature contact?
We have always been dependent on nature that is providing us the essentials of life. But is the aim for a never-ending growth and progress made us think everything here is only for us? «  Tiina Rajakallio
Myday-byday interview to Tiina Rajakallio:
1) Where is your inspiration coming from ?
Widely speaking I’m interested in everyday life of a contemporary Western people. I’m working with questions that intrigues or troubles me, things I would like to have a conversation about. And of course there is a lot of curiosity towards the body, communication and a piece of jewellery involved.
2) What are you trying to communicate in particular with your artwork?
It depends. At the moment I would like people to think about their own relationship with nature but also the common contact we have with it. How natural the contact is? Is it romanticized, magical, run by economical efficiency or totally gone? Are we still part of the nature? And what is the relationship between spirituality and nature contact? We have always been dependent on nature that is providing us the essentials of life. But is the aim for a never-ending growth and progress made us think everything here is only for us? I would like my work raises thoughts, I’m not to judge anyone, it would be hypocrite to do that.
3) Which material you prefer to use and why ?
It depends of the theme of the work. In an ideal situation the material tells the same story and even adds something to it. At the moment I use a lot of wood and combine it for example with recycled rubber. An old inner tube of tractor or bicycle, even it may be a bit old-fashioned as an object, it tells about our culture and our creative ability to utilize our surrounding. The material is protective, elastic and doesn’t decay really. Even there is some natural rubber in the mixture, it reminds many people about oil.
4) How much value do you give to researching material for your creations?
Of course there is some material research needed. But if it means new technical solutions and extraordinary inventions my works are rather simple in that sense.
 
5) Is it more important for you the process, or the final artwork itself?
Both are important. I love that hands-in investigation part of a work. But sooner or later there is a deadline waiting and you just need to start to make decisions. However every step is leading me further and to me ready pieces are also steps of the same process. The difference is many times the ready pieces are the only steps others will see.
 
6) Is there an artist you prefer and why ?
I admire many artists. Some because of their clever and brave ideas, some because of theis technical skills or expression, honesty and dedication.
 
7) Have you ever thought to collaborate with other artists , or you like to work on your own?
I love working on my own, but time to time it would be interesting to try to share the process with someone else. I have collaborated with other jewellery artists but it would be really interesting to do that with artists from another field. 8) Where do you feel you are at with this last collection?
It is a one step further from the series I called White Moments. I’m like walking around the same source inspired by the different aspects of it. I seem to go back and forth sometimes when there are so many sides to be discovered.

9) What have you discovered of yourself, are you sattisfied ?
I think I learned more about my own ability to endure stress, priorities and time managemenent and that one can’t cope totally alone.

10) Two words to describe your last artwork collection.
Still together?

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