Sophie Hanagarth is a contemporary jewellery artist living and working in France. The focus of her work lies in approaching metal as something carnal, by creating ambiguous objects connecting the body with nature-related questions.
What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
I am rebelling against the shackles of consumption!
Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your work?
No, just be open and curious, along the spirit of pop culture.
Do you use your own pieces?
I haven’t tried them yet.
Do you think cutlery can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
It’s hard to match the efficiency and shape of a spoon, but I keep trying.
What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
Mindful tasting as a new form of eating food. The idea of a slow meal for which I created ineffective tools that slow down consumption, an ineffectiveness that makes the used focus on the food and that awakens consciousness.
Describe your work in 3 words!
Elegant. Ironic. Sensual.
What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
Silver I get from specialty stores or the brass and stainless steel I get from the foundry.
What are you working on right now?
Exploring the premises of ornaments.
What excites you about tomorrow?
To go to the museum.
What has been your favourite dinner experience?
A dinner of 10 different Venetian dishes at the edge of a canal in Chioggia with an Italian friend. It was at a fisherman’s bar with a single large table outside with a dozen 40-year-old men. There was no more place, but because the owner noticed that I was a foreigner and that I was disappointed, he placed us at the end of the table. We ate all the dishes, including sea cicadas on spaghetti, it was a real rainbow of taste. The other men at the table paid and left. We still drank a grappa with the boss. At the end he did not want us to pay, he just said that the group had already paid enough.
What further ambitions do you have?
To do a birthday meal in my 14 square meters workshop, a real performance with twenty friends.