WORDS BY THE ARTIST / I’m definitely thinking about creating post-human artifacts that tell the story of humankind in all its honesty and duality. On one side the romanticized version – a legacy of innovation, craftsmanship and great progress – starkly contrasted with the more shameful sides like greed and exponential capital interests that led to a throw-away society. My idea of utilizing ancient handiwork techniques and applying them to mass-produced, disposable items, questions the modern value system. What is rare today? Skilled craftsmanship? The preservation of our heritage? Quality, long-lasting things? As a maker, I certainly long for simpler times when people saved up and bought a piece from a goldsmith and handed it down for generations. I reject quick production techniques and I also reject the pressure to provide everything always on demand for my customers. The value shift takes place in the retraining of minds – good things take time, energy and attention. If it’s not worth waiting for, you don’t need it.
The I DON’T WANT IT IN MY BODY collection / Future artefacts of millennial youth: capturing objects of desire before their obsoletion. Daily goods, like headphones, car rims and lighters, fuse with sacred objects of American or Australian natives. Commenting on the commodification of cultures and how an object’s meaning is lost or redefined in the 21st century.
The SOUVENIR PLANET EARTH collection / On a finite planet, where we still search for the place called “Thrown-Away”, SOUVENIR PLANET EARTH glances into a disembodied future – where the production line has derailed, sending goods on their own Darwinian path. Composting snapshots of modernity re-assemble – exposing matter made vibrant through intimate human exchange. A neo-decadent composition of human and material agents, alienated by a concept of growth
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BIO / A New York State native, Corrina Goutos is an artist working in the fields of jewellery and objects. After her studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Corrina relocated to Germany where she currently lives and works. Her motto as a maker in the Anthropocene era is to learn the properties of the ready-made object as a craftswoman would with raw material. In this Corrina perpetuates a value shift she believes is long overdue in the luxury market – where value is not inherent through the use of precious materials but rather the conceptualization of ideas into neo-materiality – the preservation of skilled craftsmanship in an overridingly throwaway culture is a rare good. Corrina works interdisciplinarily both in and outside the creative field. She is active in the fine art, craft, and sustainable fashion scenes, and researches concepts with the help of scientists and journalists. In 2019, Corrina was awarded International Talent Support’s Sustainability Award as well as Vogue’s Vogue Talents Award.
For more artworks visit Corrina IG @corrinagoutos.