30sec film artists Vol.67 – Nurielle Stern

“It’s satisfying to allow myself to recreate things but make them fictional”

Nurielle Sterncreates sculptural ceramic objects and immersive installations that combine ceramics and video projection. Her pieces are saturated with texture and vibrant glazes giving them a hyper-real quality.In her work, Nurielle makes tangible a fictional world of her own imagining creating things at once strange and familiar.

Nurielle Stern – Artworks

Nurielle Stern artiwork1 Eyes of Metal and Agate  Fall 2013. Glazed porcelain.

Nurielle Stern artwork2 Creek & Crossing Fall 2013

Nurielle Stern artwork3 The Bone Runners Nuitblanche 2015 installatiion

Nurielle Stern artwork3 The Bone Runners Nuitblanche 2015. An archaeological find of Stone Age ice skates made of bone and animal skin inspired the multiple hand-made objects in this installation.

Nurielle Stern – 30sec film artists Q&A

Do you collect things?

I’m a tool junkie. I collect anything that looks like it might be useful in the studio. I often repurpose things meant for other uses like balloons or shoehorns. Kitchen gadgets are great for this, too.

What super power do you want to have?

The ability to manipulate time. It always seems to get away from me. Super strength would also be lovely, as ceramic materials are heavy!

Do you have a motto or creed that as an artist you live by?

Editing ruthlessly is often the key to making work with a strong impact, although so is committing to going all the way with an over-the-top idea. These two are not contradictory.

How do you come up with ideas?

Ideas usually come in the form of a strong visual image, but sometimes it’s an atmosphere or feeling I want to recreate. Then I research until I find connections and associations that can enrich the original idea and add layers of meaning and interest. Often two or more different ideas merge over time to become one work, even if at first they seem incompatible. Research and problem solving are a big part of how my ideas evolve.

How do you know or feel when a good idea, is a good idea?

I usually sleep on it. If it's still good the next morning, and the next, then I know for sure.

Behind the Scenes – Filmmaker’s Experience

If you ever had seen Nurielle Stern’s ceramic artworks you will feel a sense of playful and imaginative pleasure.I like how she address on her site “Worked by human hands, it appears to retain some of their liveliness.” The liveliness she creates requires patience and a beautiful heart.
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