Alien Grape Gioielli in Fermento 2016 AGC special mention
“My intention was to redefine basic characteristics of cement so to liberate its applications and express sentiments through a new, personalised material. I attempted to transform it visually, from definite to random. Aesthetically, from industrial to organic patterned.
Physically, from heavy weighted to lighter thus serving jewelry’s functionality.
I experimented on different types of cement and on combinations with other materials, researching numerous applications. The challenging part was the fragility of the resulting pieces. Overcoming this constraining obstacle, the outcome was a cement mixture based on salt crystals and fiberglass. For the completion of the final pieces, synthesizing the cement mixture with materials such as reused objects, metals or fabric, was of important role.
Classic jewelry techniques and style were applied with the purpose to obtain high quality and aesthetic balance.”
Marilena Karagkiozi | Italy Greece
anello, ring 2016
cemento, cristalli di sale, fibra di vetro, colori, chiodi di ferro, cm. 3 x 3 x 4.5
cement, salt crystals, fiberglass, color, iron nails
Gioielli in Fermento 2016 Freedom and constraint
“My work is the result of different, oft en contradictory concepts: one of which expresses my desire to stay attuned to my perceptions of people’s needs and the other that focuses on topical approaches to the history of art and of art objects. I embrace both traditional as well as modern techniques and find great inspiration in the ensuing dialogue that my art aims to reflect. I love transforming simple objects into art and the surprise caused by the unexpected. I work with different materials, exploring old and new ones and generating my own; this is the most fun part of my creative process!
I consider myself a deeply sentimental person with lots of ideas who has worked hard to become technically skilled to be able to incarnate them.
I strongly believe that is very important for the originality of one’s work for it to be the result of a personal journey from the start –in a form of a theory, an idea- to the end, when the object finally comes to life.
In the past two years, I have shown my art at several juried competitions. The experiences have expanded my knowledge and increased my artistic inspiration.”
Marilena Karagkiozi, nata ad Atene, Grecia, vive e lavora a Parma.
Marilena Karagkiozi, born in Athens Greece, lives and works in Parma, Italy
AGC member – complete bio
In 2012-2013 after finishing her parallel studies in History, Archaeology & History of Art (National Kapodistrian University of Athens) has been working as a freelance since June 2012. As a member of the Urban Fiction design team won the Bronze A’ Design Award and Competition in the category of Lighting Products and Projects with Urbanoids (floor lamp, room separator).
In 2014 she moved in Italy, attending lessons concerning the restoration of antique furniture at BorgoFiore Associazione Artistica, Parma, Italy, with M.Chiandussi (Restauratore di beni culturali, scuola di Botticino S.Bs.
In 2015 as a member of Urban Fiction Design team, exhibits at the universal conference WIAD 2015 (World Information Architecture Day) at Megaron Mousikhs Thessalonikhs with A’ Design Award Winning floor lamp Urbanoids, Airy Stool, Coffee table, Escapills and at ExpoMilano 2015.
Currently, participating in various seminars, learning about new materials and techniques, actively involved in art events and competitions as a medium to expand knowledge and experience.
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