“Surface design, contrasts, form, color and things that are hidden – all of these are common threads that run through my work. An important element is the creation of space and contours and geometric forms and combining it all with ornamental ‘excerpts’ from the space in which I live as well as with ordinary objects of everyday life.”
Jewelry artist Claudia Steiner sees the aesthetics of her work in clear, pure, basic forms that create a space or provide, by virtue of their lines, a basic framework within which it becomes possible to connect this form with other aspects of design. A fusion of opposites and contrasts where the material surface in particular plays an important role.
She looks for her inspiration in the contrasts offered by architecture and nature and also in their imperfections and transformation in time. These two areas of interest often presenting an immediate wealth of contrast, the works thus created are correspondingly multifaceted, in some cases inspired by a general theme and only during the realization process evolving in such a way as to demand a more individual approach. The challenge posed in creating many of the works is to combine geometric linearity with ornamental forms.
Utilization and defamiliarization of a known form, and this paired with repetition – the artist’s work is based primarily on photographic details or details from other existing images. Objects from everyday life, things that we happen to experience or feel, landscapes or impressions of a city that stay with us and have meaning in our lives are thus placed into a context of form that creates a space and are transformed into a portable mini-sculpture. Here she also sees a considerable and unique advantage peculiar to this area of art: at all times being able to “exhibit” one’s own personal work of art, to use it to highlight aspects of the personality of the person who wears it or to make a statement. She sees the work as a “transportable gallery constantly in motion”, so to speak, which has plenty of little, hidden messages in store as well, messages that only become apparent at second glance.
By no means does she see her jewelry as accessories, but rather as self-contained, timeless works, whether simple and subdued or sculptural.
Claudia Steiner’s jewelry work consists of individual pieces and limited editions, which, in the case of certain collections – especially the large brooches – have the character of objects of art in their own right, and as such can not only be worn on the body but can also serve as wall pieces.