In honour of it being summer and us looking to create an oasis of calm, this month we've caught up with Daniela Rubino; the artist behin our tactile and very desk worthy concrete creations.
Tell us a bit about yourselves. Can you recall how and why you became a maker?
I studied Fine Art sculpture at Central St Martins throughout art school I used concrete and metal to create my sculptures. I have always been drawn to these materials because of their high compressive strength; industrial aesthetics and they both can be highly manipulated into endless shapes/sizes. I like to project the idea of stability and support. The reason I like to project this concept stems from my personal support structures around me, which provide the basis for progression, development and growth. I then decided to make smaller pieces using concrete and metal. These then became home ware products. I like to think of them small pieces of accessible art for the home.
What is the process?
Each concrete pot is individual, with different markings and voids. My moulds are either pre-formed or handmade using melamine wood or latex. The latex moulds are needed for products that are more detailed such as the concrete skull. The wooden moulds are used for more basic shapes such as slabs, cubes and hexagons. The possibilities are endless with concrete; it can take the form of many different shapes. Once the moulds are filled with concrete they are left to set over 24 hours. Once set, the molds are removed and the concrete can be lightly sanded. In some cases the concrete needs to be sealed, either to enhance the colour or to give it a shiny/matte glaze.
What are your main inspirations and influences for the work?
I look at artists for inspiration. My favorite artists are Richard Deacon and Richard Serra. As they both manipulate materials in incredible ways. My favourite piece of Decaon's is the Laocoon. He steam bends wood to make it twist and curl like waves, the material completely manipulated by the maker. Richard Serra mainly uses steel in his works. I like the scale of Serra’s work, it dwarfs you and you are kind of controlled by his huge sculptures.Another big inspiration is Tao Ando, a self-taught architect who mainly uses concrete. My favourite building of his is Church of Light. The simplicity of his work is what I like. My other inspiration is my dad, an amazing carpenter. He gives me a lot of motivation.