A Brief Interview by me to Samira Goetz Please read and enjoy her words while you enter her Art World !
Artist Samira Goetz, drawing by Joohee Han
1. Where is your inspiration coming from ? Since I’m a visual person, my inspiration comes from the things I see. Details of a house discovered on a walk, the way a product is boxed, shapes and colors other artists deal with, material samples…
2. What are you trying to communicate with your Artwork? I use most basic geometric forms to investigate ambivalent phenomena of human behavior, such as the need for affiliation and deliminination or the seeking for shelter.
3. Which material do you prefer to use and why ? … at the moment it’s actually getting rid of concrete – I’ve been using it for quite a while now. I also always had a preference for flat materials (like paper, sheet metal or wooden board), yet the goal was challenging two-dimensionality. By bending or assembling I find my way into objects
4. How much value do you give to researching material for your creations? One example: For my last body of work I dealt with concrete, the emblematic building material, not necessarily made to be used in jewellery. I’ve been experimenting with cement, later with two component materials (epoxy based, ready to use) and finally with my own mix (epoxy resin, cement & pigment). My material research and use reflect two basic “technical” questions in jewellery: durability (can a material endure the movements of its wearer) and lightness (in order to be wearable in the first place). The latter was a matter of investigating how thin I can go while still maintaining a solid and strong look. The solution I came up with is the “hidden hollow” of my necklaces and brooches.
5. Is it more important for you the process, or the final Artwork itself? Since I started to make jewellery I was always very determined about the final outcome being a wearable piece. In that sense the final artwork is of great importance for me. On the other hand the starting point of my making has never been an explicit idea or plan. It has always been in the making, the process: the chosen material or form leads the way. Drawing helps in understanding things. And the head, the thoughts, the words come later along the way.
6. Is there an Artist you prefer & admire and why ? I love Benedikt Fischer’s work for its wittiness. His shell work feels so fun and effortless, I love it.
7. Have you ever thought to collaborate with other Artists , or do you like to work on your own? I’m a team person. I do my work on my own, but being around other creative minds means a lot to me and nourishes my process. Also I teamed up with colleagues/friends to built really ambitious exhibition projects, that could only be done with joint forces.
8. Where do you feel you are at with your last Art collection? I consider myself very happy that my last body of work (Phases and Facades, DWELL) got me a lot of attention and acknowledgement in the field. And it’s also the work I concluded my education at the Munich Academy with. So I think it’s fair to say those pieces marked a crucial point in my practice.
9. What have you discovered about yourself as an Artist along the years ? Like every professional: the longer you work in a field or discipline, the better you get to understand how you as a person work best. For me it’s trusting in good things to happen while I try out and experiment. It’s about catching that moment and being able to process “lucky accidents”. Also I learned not to be so hard on myself, when things do not work out or I have a current lack of inspiration and motivation. It’s just a phase, it passes by. 10. Two words to describe your last Artwork collection. Bold & Decorative Samira Goetz