Portrait Gabriela Cohn

Gabriela Cohn

Gabriela Cohn is a contemporary jewellery artist living and working in Spain. In her work she explores the natural life cycles, the processes of evolution and transformation, creating a sensual connection between gastronomy and jewellery.

What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
I will not say rebel, probably my answer is to do things differently, searching for new ways, to achieve new results.

Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your work?
I don’t need to go against anything to enjoy my work. I enjoy working with freedom. By this I mean working creatively without limits, no control, creating from the unknown. I worked many years as a designer in the communication field, but working as an artist is really the best way for me.

Do you use your own work?
Of course, I love to use my own work, I enjoy wearing my pieces! The choice of what I wear relates to the mood I’m in. I want to know how it feels to wear the pieces, this gives me more ideas and the inspiration to go on, it also informs me if something needs to be improved.

Do you think dishware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
No doubt about that. Yes! I find gastronomy a source of astounding creativity, a whole experience in itself. It’s alchemy, colour, scents, shapes, composition, beauty, delicacy, sensuality, it creates emotions, vibration and great joy! I feel it’s mandatory that the objects which contain all those marvellous edible creations are imaginative, sculptural pieces themselves, and together they ensemble a new great composition. Dishware pieces should be as expressive as food.

What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
The inspiration for the Organic bowls came from the poetics of the ephemeral, focused on life. Exploring the sense and awareness of being alive as well as the life cycle continuum, a source of real inspiration for me. These continuous transformations are amazing, inspirational, intriguing, stimulating, enchanting and mystic. My state of contemplation is charged with intuition and perception, it feeds my unconscious mind.

Describe your work in 3 words!
Delicate. Experimental. Sculptural.

What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
I’m working with porcelain, metal, pigments and enamel. At the same time, I enjoy very much trying new materials and exploring new technics. Depending on the project, I’m testing different sources and types of the same material.

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on several projects at the moment. I’m exploring a jewellery series of new pieces in porcelain and experimenting with some materials I didn’t tried before, creating a series of new objects.

What excites you about tomorrow?
Everything is possible.

What has been your favourite dinner experience?
So many magical unforgettable dinner’s at the home of my dearest friend Rachel Cohen.

What further ambitions do you have?
I would like to participate, share and create new projects.

What are you 3 favourite pieces on Jouw…?
Sophie Hanagarth’s Spoons, Jochen Holz’ Wine Glasses, and Joo Hyung Park’s Moment Plates.