Michal Lando

June 21, 2021

Michal Lando-Pistachios

Michal Lando is one of the 8 artists featured in our show 'Form & Function' from May 8th - August 7th, 2021. The artists in this show blur the lines between sculptural and wearable, and are experimental in the forms they incorporate into their pieces. Shop the entire exhibition HERE

Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and where?

A: I am a self-taught jeweler. I was previously a writer, both journalist and poet, and found my way to jewelry while living abroad. I was writing a series of profiles about artists and came across a piece of nylon mesh, which quickly turned from play to obsession. I returned to New York and began taking metalsmithing workshops at the 92nd St. Y to learn how to make my own findings and connections for the nylon. I have supplemented over the years with a few classes, but have largely learned through making.


Q: What inspires your work?

A: I am inspired by material. By playing with, working and reworking material. By adding and experimenting with new material. And by reading fiction.


Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?

A: My Four part Resin Brooch.




Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?

A: I was working as a journalist, writing about artists, and found that eventually I wanted to be making art myself more than write about it. I was eager to get out of my head and more into my hands.


Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?

A: Resin and photographs form the basis for my current work. One of the things I most love about the process I am using is the element of surprise. Resin takes a while to cure, and because I am combining it with photographs, I never entirely know what something will look like until it is cured. I leave my work to cure overnight, and I find it endlessly exciting to return to the studio in the morning to "discover" what I have made.


Q: Who is your favorite artist/who do you wear?

A: Hard for me to answer this question.

We totally understand, it's hard for us to answer this question too!


Q: Is there an artist on your personal wishlist that you hope to own one day?

A: I feel like my answer to this question probably changes weekly. At this moment I would like to own a piece by Mariko Kusumoto. I would also like to own a large ceramic piece by Johnathan Hopp.




Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?

A: It is lighter than it looks.


Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?

A: Mothering two kids, and when I have time, reading with a good cup of coffee!




Q: What attracted you to this material versus more traditional jewelry making practices such as metal and stones? 
A: I began my path in jewelry after discovering (and becoming obsessed with) a piece of nylon mesh, so from the start I made jewelry out of non-traditional materials. Over the last few years I have introduced new materials as a way of pushing my work forward, and as a way out of feeling stuck with a single material and style. Currently I am using photographs of  the nylon, which I manipulate as a way of transforming the material into something abstract and unidentifiable.
Q: Do you feel that you visualize an object and then transform it into a wearable piece, or does the concept materialize as a smaller form and then grow from there?
A: My work develops largely through working with the material. My current body of work began with a more theoretical framework, but developed by working and experimenting with the materials. I find that one piece leads to the next and so on.
Q: What is the importance/significance of the connection between sculptural and wearable to you? 
A: I think that I instinctually make work that is sculptural, and then it is a matter of figuring out how to scale it to the body.
Q: When looking at other artists, do you find yourself drawn more towards metalsmiths and jewelry makers or sculptors and object makers? 
A: I am very drawn to a variety of arts and came to jewelry after working as a journalist and writing about artists, which I think has broadened my scope of influence. I am also currently sharing a studio with a painter (who is also a close friend), and I think this has also influenced my recent body of work. 
Q: What is the relationship between form and function for you and your work? Is one more important than the other?
A: In an ideal world, where I didn't have to think about selling my work, I think form would definitely take precedence. But the challenge of balancing form and function is one that has provided a very useful framework for my work.
Michal Lando
Brooklyn, NY

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