Anna Król, graduated at the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow, is holding a position as jewelry designer and this year she attended Sieraad fair for her first time.
Her creations lead us into an imaginary world as if we were Alice and jewels were the wonderland made of symbols, layers, playing in between solids and voids, especially in black and white.
Anna drew on a white sheet everything that connected her to remote memories, fantastic worlds, creatures with unusual shapes, which allow to generate visions in the viewer.
Anna’s artworks have a dynamic force, as if their shapes had to open up and reveal inner stories.
Since we were very curious to discover what really are her intentions, we asked Anna some questions about her work.
A/: Your jewels looks like bandages and inspire an imaginary world, why do you choose this shapes for your creations?
AK: I often wonder about when past images and the present encounter themselves on the map of my mind – between the lines – when the creative act itself is ahead of thought. At that very moment I immerse myself in some kind of ritual repetition out of time; I return to my childhood ‘Age of Genius’. Maybe at that moment an object which connects all those worlds if formed.
A/: What do you want to inspire in people who will wear your jewels?
AK: I would like to present these persons with an organized and finished piece of my little story. Wishing them a pleasurable journey I would like to invite them to create their own stories and tales, which would interpenetrate with mine. All of this produce a positive vibes.
A/: Which materials do you usually use? Why?
AK: I use sterling silver as well as pure silver. This material gives me a lot of possibilities and at the same time it surprises me continuously. Sometimes I accept an unexpected coincidence as the complete and final effect. Once someone told me that they are ‘happy accidents’ – I really like that observation.
Feeling the material is an intrinsic part of the creative process. When I’m comfortable with the material I let myself introduce unplanned shapes or scribbles. It’s very important to accept this freedom of creative process, which I perceive as the reflection of the subconscious.
A/: Graphics are often present in your pieces, could you explain why?
AK: I studied graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts. This kind of art is usually linked with two-dimensional spaces. I was looking for a way to transfer my graphic experience into three-dimensional forms. The contemporary jewellery has appeared as the answer and it quickly became my favourite form of creative expression.
A/: I’ve noticed that in some pieces you reproduce a sign like a scar, is it related to a particular meaning?
AK: Those are not scars, but traces of some barely remembered stories, which I find very difficult to reach. They are hidden deep in my mind and I explore the way towards them. One of such stories is my childhood which I consider a closed and autonomous life form, but also a source of unique and unrestrained experiences.