Jokum Lind Jensen, born in 1971, is a talented Danish Artist and blacksmith living and working in the Dalsland region of western Sweden. He was one of the extraordinary finalists of Loewe Craft Prize and gave Covet Foundation the incredible opportunity of an exclusive interview.
When asked what was the art piece he is most proud of from all the ones he created so far, Jokum smiled and said: “That is a really difficult question, as I find there is a constant progression, and I value new expressions as times go by, and I continue to develop my artistic language. However, I think that my piece “Also run” from 2012 is one of the pieces I am still very proud of. In many ways it embodies the majority of the expressions and concepts I still work with today, mainly the exploration of the material within the hot forging process.”
However, he added: “At the moment though, my favourite is the piece “The Dark”, The Loewe Craft Prize nominee, as it has this imbedded element of craft knowledge and experience in the making process that I like to show, and in the same time it exposes the material and the materiality of the steel in a way that shows many of my personal preferences in my relationship with the material and the craft.”
About new projects on the way, Jokum revealed: “I aspire to have some kind of personal artistic process running at some level at all times, even if I am working with more traditional or design orientated projects, or in collaborations with professionals from other crafts or trades, I try to incorporate my ideas and aesthetics into these. At the moment I am finishing some new works within my own personal artistic process that are the latest edition of my constant exploration of the material´s properties and possibilities in the hot forging process. In the works “No city” and “Colony” I work with various pieces that I have initially welded and fabricated from specific stock and in specific patterns, in order to obtain some sort of recognisable pattern. These are then freehand forged fast and relatively uncontrolled in a big power hammer in order to alter their rather rigid appearance into one that brings out the full plasticity and sensuousness of the steel. In addition to this, the primary process, I am also experiencing with applied colour for these works, as well as I am trying to find new ways to expose the work.”
“Another project I have recently finished, and which I am rather pleased with, is a collaboration with the Danish Selskabet for kirkelig kunst (The Society of Ecclesiastical art, which is an association that guides the Danish churches in the interior decoration of the churches). For them I have designed and made a number of candleholders that are striving to be neutral and timeless. So as to be able to fit into the vide variety of different churches. Simultaneously they are designed to show a high degree of craftmanship, and a variety of traditional blacksmithing techniques, but in a contemporary and classic modernistic manner.”
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