Interview with Clara Campo
is a creative studio active in contemporary Art and Design. The studio focuses on the creation of functional pieces capable of stimulating the thoughts of the viewer through works that invite to reflect on the world around us.
Hi Clara! Your studio Amarist has a focus on activism, as well as creation. Do you think all art should be mindful of its purpose?
Art is a reflection of society. So like society, art should have a wide spectrum of meanings and purposes. Each type of art serves it’s own purpose, whether it’s activism, or consumerism, or any other type, and all are valid points of expression.
Barcelona, where Amarist is based, is living through uncertain times. Does the issue of Catalonian independence have an impact – positive or negative – on the art produced locally?
Yes, definitely the political situation in Catalonia has sparked a huge creative movement including visual arts, literature, music and it has been very interesting to see it bloom.
We’ve noticed your representation of challenging themes in beautiful objects – things like barbed wire necklaces and bomb-shaped light bulbs. How did you come up with this concept? Can you tell us about the message behind it?
We were in a period of time where we were working on political art pieces and we tried to change the preconceived meaning of objects. That preconceived association of ideas that you inherit from society. So we got these objects and recreated them with the new and totally different meaning and purpose. With this work one of the things that we wanted to question was Is it correct to inherit preconceived thoughts from our society or should we evaluate and reconsider each thought individually with our own criteria.
Do you think Amarist’s focus on functional work reflects your background as an architect?
Yes, of course, our work moves within a thin line between contemporary art and design. We’re trying to give art a new dimension with functionality because we live in a new era where people don't necessarily just want to hang their art on a wall instead they can use them in the home as tables, lamps, chairs, etc.
Amarist has exhibited all over the world, from New York to Dubai. How important is an international outlook to the viability of an art studio as a business?
In a globalised world like the one that we live in it’s totally necessary to have a global approach especially want to create an impact with your work.
What should we expect to see from Amarist in the months and years to come?
For the upcoming months, we will be working on our first public project in a town in Spain and that’s a huge milestone for us. And for the upcoming years, we will continue to work within that thin line between architecture, art and design to bring a new language to the field.