Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Christian+Jade .
Lives in Copenhagen, Denmark
How do you describe your own art practice?
Our studio is founded on an understanding of how our spaces and the objects within it can influence and enrich the ways in which we dwell and live.
The pieces that we design are largely inspired by the instinctive search and desire for intimacy and a sense of belonging in the routines and interactions within our physical spaces.
We enjoy creating works that encourage sensible and valuable interactions, through their conceptually driven functions and their earnest materiality.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
Instead of consistently working within a specific form or function, we seek to communicate the changes that we see in the world and our own behaviours through techniques and materialities that best convey and challenge it.
At the moment we are searching for the hidden life and stories of our objects. What are the stories and secrets behind our objects and the materials they are crafted from, and how can we as designers unravel them? We want to challenge the way we understand our material surrounding.
What was your first experience with art?
We had a hard time coming up with a common first experience. But we would like to share the most recently one that left a great impact on us. During a artist residency in Detroit, we got the opportunity to live in an apartment that was also home to the art installation “Unit 1: 3583 Dubois” by Anders Ruhwald. Ruhwald had transformed an entire apartment with materials that evoked fire – such as charred wood, ash, petroleum coke, molten glass and so on, as a commentary on Detroit’s difficult past. It was truly an impressive installation that has changed the way we understand how art can be experienced.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Our inspiration never comes solely from one place – sometimes it is a response to a shift in society we believe design can address , other times it is a function or atmosphere that we believe can bring value to our everyday interactions, and between this there is the excitement of discovering new materials and techniques that inspires form while materialising our visions.
If we have to distill what inspires us to create it would be to create sensuous, sensible, valuable and intimate interaction with our physical environment.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Our all time necessity: the laptop most definitely, and each other.
What we need most these winter days in our unheated studio: double layer of socks, triple layer of trousers, four layers of tops, beanie, scarf, gloves and a lot of determination.
Our current most precious tool: a hammer handmade by a guy we met in Detroit that we use for hammering aluminium.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
The artist and work that has most recently surprised us, was an exhibition called “Ghost House” that featured Christian’s sister, Mette Hammer Juhl, with her work “Non jamming – Temporal breakdown” . There is no better feeling than getting to be surprised again by someone close to you.
The exhibition transformed “Den Frie” (a beautiful exhibition venue in Copenhagen” into a ghost train – quite literally. Visitors were placed in giant head-shaped sculptures on wheels. The sculpture carriages are pushed through the exhibition of performers. Each room was inhabited by different artists.