Interview: Rea Boschi
Luca Curci talks with Rea Boschi during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.
Rea Boschi, Professor of Fine Arts – Academic Sculptor is renowned international artist, Conservator and Restaurator with postgraduate degree from Abegg Foundation Switzerland. Rea Boschi exhibited her art, sculptures and unique sculpted fine jewelry in plethora international exhibitions all over the world including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Croatia, Switzerland, Japan and USA where she was nominated for Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year 2002. Rea Boschi’s unique sculpted fine jewelry is an extension of her artistic expression. Rea Boschi utilizes related materials in sculpting her jewelry as she does in her sculptures. Rea Boschi sculpts her fine jewelry in gold, sterling silver, coral, gemstones, and crystal glass. In addition to standard jewelry articles, namely necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings, Rea Boschi sculpts various accessories including cufflinks, tiaras, decorative headwear, and bags. Rea Boschi’s unique sculpted fine jewelry is thematically influenced by her studies in art history and more specifically art and jewelry of the ancient Roman and Greek cultures. Rea Boschi encompasses the timeless artistic values of these ancient cultures and expresses them in her sophisticated and contemporary sculpted fine jewelry.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Rea Boschi – Art is life, my life. It expresses my emotions, thoughts, ideas, and creativity. Art is my connection between the spiritual and the material worlds. Without art, the world would be dull, colorless, and cold.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
RB – The wire is my signature. It is thin, almost two-dimensional, and creating something big, sculpted from that thin wire is the challenge that I enjoy the most.
LC – What are you currently working on?
RB – In addition to my Unique Sculpted Fine Jewelry collection and sculptures, as an Academic Sculptor and Professor of Fine Arts with a postgraduate degree in Conservation of Fine Arts from Abegg Foundation in Switzerland, I am frequently involved in fine art restoration. I am currently working on a 15th-century French silk church vestment, a Bishop’s Pluvial.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
RB – During my studies, I found ancient Roman and Greek cultures most inspirational, especially the jewelry design. That left a significant mark on my artistic opus. I get inspiration from nature and the modern world we live in, and my art pieces shape the flow of energy that has equally inspired artists from the aforementioned ancient times.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
RB – As per my extensive education, I consider learning a lifetime process. Assimilating new information every day makes us spiritually richer. From that perspective, I believe that my art expression evolved over time. Nowadays, I combine more materials than I used to. Materials like gold, silver, natural corals, precious and semi-precious stones, etc. My sculptures are getting more complex in structure, composition, and design.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
RB – I think it is a great concept. Involving artists from different parts of the world is always a good idea. Location is highly inspiring, especially for me as a bearer of the Boschi family crest. My family was sent to govern part of Dalmatian coast by Serenissima, so for me, the location is not just inspiring, it’s emotional. The Body Language theme suits me as a jewelry designer who admires the human body’s beauty.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
RB – For this exhibition, I chose a couple of artworks that amplify the human body, from the golden hat to the big silver shoulder necklace and, somewhat controversial, the Wig sculpture that I created from burned steel wire as a total opposite to gold. I strive to challenge spectators’ imagination to see jewelry beyond conventional.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RB – Yes. I found you very professional and open-minded as I am. I believe we will cooperate in the future, especially as I am moving my Atelier to Venice.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform? Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
RB – It is a good platform for established professionals and new artists alike. Of course, your services are equally suitable for artists, art collectors, and art lovers.