Writing this blog is a temporary commitment I made, which makes me sit down and write regularly, and I really enjoy it. Especially writing in English. My German writing is always far too tangled. Interspersed with train sentences, foreign words and bumpy metaphorical phrases, I probably try too hard to sound clever. In English, though, I take the liberty to write plainly, which has allowed me to be more straightforward and to the point. The same actually counts for me speaking English. My experience is that when I am speaking English, I am often more comfortable and open than the German speaking me, which I surely do find a bit weird. Maybe I just lack the ability to beat around the bush in English? Or is it the sound of the language itself, which makes me feel and act differently? Or maybe the foreign language creates a bit of a distance, so that I don´t feel as involved as in German and so feel more secure? Whatever the reason, it is a strange phenomenon, and I find the notion quite interesting that a different language brings out a different version of yourself.
So, astonishingly, when my friend and colleague, Judit Pschibl, asked me if I would write a short informative text about her recent art jewellery series, I decided to accept the challenge, but I also decided to write it in English. Judit will then hire someone else to have the text translated to German, which is quite funny, but is probably for the best (That reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger having someone else dubbing his voice for the German version of his movies. Like all Germans, I have watched dubbed movies in the past and recently I was watching Predator again after many years, but this time in English. I could not believe my ears… Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking English is the real deal! I almost fell off the couch laughing…).
Judit Pschibl (born in 1973 in Weiden i.d.Opf., Germany) studied jewellery design at the State Academy of Drawing, Hanau, and made her master of goldsmithing and jewellery design in 2001. She then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich in the class of Otto Künzli from 2003 to 2008, where we met in 2006 when I was joining. I remember her diploma show very well, because I really enjoyed the pieces she was showing there: Judit had created a series of chain necklaces made of hand sewn and coloured fabric filled with sand. I immediately had a strong impulse of wanting to touch and wear them, to feel the weight and texture. The biggest necklace was shown on a life scale photograph on the topless body of a classmate and I wondered if she had felt crushed or hugged in that moment. When Judit showed me the pieces privately after the show, I could finally try on a necklace: The chain felt more like a cosy pillow, like something warm and soft caressing your neck.
Her recent series is completely different, but equally interesting to experience. Here is my text for Judit:
Judit Pschibl’s pp- series is made of transparent polypropylene, a termoplastic polymer, which due to its qualities such as high resistance to chemical substances, and general stability, can be found in versatile applications today. While normally the characteristic stress-whitening that appears when folding the polypropylene is considered a fault of the material, in this case it was the key point which roused Judit Pschibl’s interest in working with it. The prominent white edges create a striking contrast to the transparent surfaces and establish a graphic element which plays an important role in Judit Pschibl’s artworks. In some pieces, she dyes parts of the edges dark with graphite, which enhances the contrast and creates a clear reference to drawing.
The composition of her necklaces appear complex and highly constructed, however they are assembled only of one single geometric element, that is repeated in various sizes. Like the appearance of a cut diamond, the impression of these pieces is always elusive, constantly shifting with the movement of the wearer and the ever-changing surroundings. The overlapping layers of polypropylene sheets shift from grades of transparency to total opacity, thereby partly reflecting the colours of the environment, and partly refracting the incident light into its individual colour-components. Despite their conspicuous shape and size, these jewellery pieces never seem massive when worn on the body, because they adapt to the wearer’s bearing and situation like the skin of a chameleon.
Judit Pschibl’s pp– series clearly correlates with natural phenomena as well as facets of architecture, drawing and traditional jewellery. However, at its core, this work cycle is actually demonstrating another matter: The basic joy of the maker exploring and interacting with a material, establishing methods and rules to master it, while still embracing the unexpected elements.
1 Judit Pschibl: franzi_1, 2013; Polypropylene, Photo: Judit Pschibl
2 Judit Pschibl: pp/3, 2015; Polypropylene, Graphite; Photo: Mirei Takeuchi
3 Judit Pschibl: mia, 2008; Fabric, sand; Photo: Judit Pschibl
4 Judit Pschibl: pp/4, 2015; Polypropylene, Graphite; Photo: Mirei Takeuchi
5 Judit Pschibl: Judit Pschibl: franzi_1, 2013; Polypropylene, Photo: Judit Pschibl
6 Judit Pschibl: Untitled, 2015;Polypropylene, Graphite; Photo: Judit Pschibl
7 Judit Pschibl: pp/5, 2015; Polypropylene, Graphite, pigment; Photo: Mirei Takeuchi