From your biography, it is clear that you are not only an artist, but also a reactionist to art, stemming from your philosophical approach to it. What philosophies inspire your creations?
As you can see my work is revolving around the human individual and Existentialism is my main inspiration when it comes to ideas. My philosophical orientation is stemmed from my own experiences and existential angst as a living human being, focusing on the so called ’existential attitude’ which describes the sense of disorientation in the face of an apparently meaningless world.
How do you believe your work relates to the current sociopolitical questions?
I think one of our times’ biggest problems are related to Mental Health issues, on a social as well as on an individual level. And when I’m saying that I don’t only mean issues related to the self, but related to the outside world. For example the way we see migration/immigration today most of the time is based on an unconscious bias. To tackle biases is not possible unless the individual realises she has it and wishes to get rid of it. Art is open which means you can tell stories and show today’s realities from a new angle, and that’s what I’m aiming for through my practice.
You were educated in Romania, and then decided to move to London; two completely different worlds that surely have inspired your art. How have these two places inspired or shifted your perception of art?
When I’m thinking of Romania my memories go back to the communist era even though those times are long forgotten, but I cannot help it. Art back then was an act of rebellion, it was intangible and sacred because it was considered dangerous by the state. Creating Art was an unsafe job and there were only a few practicing artists, and because of that as a child I considered artists like Gods...
That’s the idea I grew up with as a child about Art and Artists and it irrevocably marked my perception of Art in Romania, adjectives like „heavy, deep, sharp” could describe it better.
Grasping art living in London in the age of Liberalism is completely different. It’s a world of ideas competing with each other, a world span up by the internet. It’s „light, sophisticated, cheap (affordable)”.
Both places, past communist Romania and present London inspire me today. The past is part of me forever, it makes me rich in perceiving life from multiple points of view. On the other hand London makes me breathe easier, it’s a place where ideas flow freely and its multicultural facets are teaching me acceptance on many levels.
Who is one person, dead or alive, that you wish to have dinner with and why?
Probably Van Gogh. I would like to apologize on behalf of humanity for not giving a damn about him while he was alive.
What is your routine when you start creating a new piece of art?
I like to create a new scene from different elements. Most of the figures in my paintings are based on real people, so sometimes I work with drawings or photos. I put together different parts from different settings like a collage so I can create a new story or a new idea.
You work with the present, but also with the past and your initial focus is the idea of existence; what are your thoughts on the concept of time?
I cannot really understand time... so I associate it with pain because of the transience of life, because it’s unfathomable.