Movie or book: movie
Digital or print: print
Coffee or tea: coffee
NY or London: NY
Rose gold or silver: silver
Mexican Designer: Sara Beltran y Phoebe Stevens
Favorite spot to have brunch: Picnic at the Seine; it’s a classic.
Guilty pleasure: the famous pink macaron
Character: Juan Solo from A.Jodorowsky
Fashion period or movement: Dadaism
Photographer: Man Ray
Museum: The third floor of the Pompidou museum (surrealism)
Art piece: Lalique jewelry
Cosme Gonik is originally from Chile but lives in Paris. He is well known for his amazing work in theatre. He has also worked in film, television, and production; however, his creativity and passion for design have led him to be involved in other fields within the world of arts. The actor has put his creativity into practice in design, photography and, recently, in sculpture and jewelry. “I was born with a creative spirit”, he said. “My brothers are also artists; art has always been present in our lives; therefore, we strengthen our vision at an early age”. His parents nurtured their passion for art through travel, museums, and education in Art History, as well as studies in drawing, photography, design, and kung Fu, among many others.
“When I decided to study theatre, I knew I would give my life to creation”, he said. “I love being in the search for unknown places and having more than one profession”. His relationship with fashion started the moment he decided to create wearable art. His jewelry collection is a derivative of his work in sculpture. “My art is not only made to be admired; it is also made to be worn”. “ It is at this moment that my jewelry acquires an artistic dimension”. His primary objective is to take his creations to many places and continue to develop new projects within the art world.
Cosme´s connection with sculpture started the moment he began creating a bone collection. Four years ago, the actor gave his favorite piece a new meaning. “With the pieces of my collection, I created a new piece that looked like a scepter”, he explained. “It was piece that reminded me of the pharaohs, popes and kings, so I studied the structure and found that it is indeed a symbol that represents power”.
SACRO, his most recent collection in New York, displays this piece as a symbol of power, protection and peace. Cosme takes his most emblematic piece and gives it different interpretations depending on the materials with which he’s working. His first series is made with resin and inspired by pop art; his second series acquires a new meaning through the use of chaquiras from the Huichol culture. “One day, I traveled to Mexico and fell in love with Huichol art”, he said. “Its inspiration comes from the visions caused by the use of peyote, which gives my piece a deeper meaning”. His third series is made of bronze, and therefore it is heavier and more feminine, which gives my work a totally new dimension”. Finally, Cosme decided to convert his work into wearable art and he created jewelry replicas of his work. “My sister has an incredible talent when it comes to designing jewelry”, he said. “So she plays an important role at this stage of my work”. “My work is a way of giving a sacral meaning to an objet that has no life anymore, giving it a new purpose as an amulet”.
The artist has two creative processes: the methodological, in which he works within the schedule of a normal working day; and the “possessed”, in which he starts creating without thinking about the final result. “You create something without even realizing it”. The next concert he´ll attend to will be La Femme; his best date is the first one because its when you either fall in love or you are disappointed. When it comes to fashion, he is inspired by light, darkness, and smoke.