Meet Peter Antor, one of our 2018 LEAP finalists and a featured artist in The Store from June to August! Antor creates sculptural pieces using jewelry as a platform. By combining the spatial and structural qualities of architecture with the intimacy created between jewelry and its wearer, he encourages the viewer to explore, discover, and question his work.
Read on to learn more about Antor and his creative process. Stop by The Store to shop for his unisex, modern, and sleek jewelry that are perfect for you and the people you love.
Tell us about your work?
My jewelry stems from a desire to create work that is approachable for both men and women. Geometry, clean lines, and neutral colors make this possible. Looking to architecture for influence and using its visual language, the work can have complex forms and shapes yet remain organized and simple.
How does your background influence your work?
My background in metalsmithing has greatly influenced the way I design and construct my jewelry. Creating sculptural pieces allowed me to work with alternative material and taught me to pay close attention to how things connect. It greatly improved my metal fabrication skills, which is crucial when creating precise work. My design classes trained me to recognize good composition, which I stress in my jewelry.
Why were you drawn to the medium of metal?
I have always enjoyed the physical properties of metal. Its malleability allows it to be shaped and formed organically but at the same time, it can be used to create clean and crisp lines. This is very important in my aesthetics, where I look to geometry and architecture for inspiration. Combining wood was a great way to add a contrast of color, size, and weight.
What are your inspirations?
Architecture has become very influential in my work. It can be appreciated for its functional integrity and its artistic aesthetics. Within the realm of architecture, I enjoy the characteristics of art deco and modern designs. I am also very inspired by abstract sculptures.
What is your dream project?
I have always wanted to design and fabricate a watch. I feel it’s the perfect accessory and the most functional. I would love to create one out of ebony and silver, using my personal design aesthetics. I would purchase the guts but fabricate the face, housing, and perhaps the band.
Tell us about your favorite artist or artists that inspire you?
Arnaldo Pomodoro and Richard Serra’s work has always inspired me, especially my desire to create sculptural work. Both artists create large-scale pieces that force the viewer to walk around the work to fully experience it.
I also look to architects Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, and Louis Kahn. Their buildings are an intelligent combination of beautiful design and functionally. Arthur Ganson is a kinetic sculpture I have always admired. His work combines mechanical parts and movements to generate emotion-provoking pieces.
What role does the artist have in society?
Artists have multiple roles in society. They can simply create visually beautiful work that provides joy to the viewer. They can also offer interaction, inspiration, and thoughtful critique to our political, economic, and social systems. Overall the role should be to get the public thinking, talking, and engaging with one another. The topics can be light and pleasant but also serious and difficult.
What is the best piece of advice you receives as an artist?
Don’t waste your time pursuing something if you only have a financial stake in it, find something you are passionate about and then find a way to turn that passion into a career.
What advice would you give others considering a career in art?
First, I would give them the same advice given to me about pursuing your passion. Then, I would tell them to be active in the art community. Attend openings, conferences, workshops, and other opportunities where they can meet new people and acquire fresh information. Putting your head down and working in your studio is important, but the people you meet and the knowledge you gain outside the studio is critical to a successful career as an artist.
How will the LEAP Award help with your practice?
As an early career artist, much of my funds are tied up in materials, booth fees, conference costs, and equipment. The LEAP award will provide needed exposure as a jeweler, which will hopefully lead to additional sales. The financial award will help with additional expenses such as website maintenance, photography, business cards, and additional materials.