ARTIST INTERVIEW: Natasha Ghosn of Mondo Mondo
Mondo Mondo is the jewelry and fragrance line of Natasha Ghosn. After receiving her initial training in Mexico, Natasha continues to experiment with traditional jewelry techniques to grow her collection of pieces that are ethereal, primordial, and otherworldly. As a self taught perfumer, her objective is to provide original scent stories and scent feelings that are wearable and timeless.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
One of my biggest influences growing up was when we would visit my expat grandparents in Mexico City. My grandfather, Saul Borisov, was an artist that was known for his experimental and colorful tapestries. He sold his pieces along with many other incredible artists at a craft market that started in 1960 in their neighborhood called Bazaar Sabado. I probably didn’t appreciate it as much at the time but between that and growing up a few blocks away from the Menial Collection in Houston modernism definitely played a huge role in my life.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
I think environment always feeds into what I make whether I’m embracing it or trying to escape it through fantasy. My favorite part of working in California is that I don’t have to leave my block to smell real honeysuckle, apple blossoms, orange blossoms, jasmine, mimosa, violets, roses, frangipani and probably 100 other things I don’t even know about yet!