I am a visual artist, born and raised in Transylvania, Romania, currently a Mercer county resident, living and working in Hamilton, NJ.
My artwork is abstract and created using fluid acrylics, manipulated directly on deep edge canvas by various means, without a brush. Art is a means for my self-healing and renewal, and a way to reach into an understanding of time and matter.
I step inside my studio, shedding the constraints of daily schedule and routine, with a deep confidence and trust in my process. A blank stretched canvas, different color paints that I thin, with mediums, to a consistency of my liking, and several unconventional instruments and techniques for moving the paint around; these are my tools. I apply my foundation color, and then allow my feelings and imagination to wander free with the fluid pigments. I am not dominating or restricting. The recurring views in my art most often connect to time and matter seen from antagonistic perspectives. It might be a timeless and calming beach scene where I capture the split and irreplicable moment of a foamy wave splashing the sands, or a snapshot in the fleeting existence of a flower or a creature.
At start, I might have had an idea or concept in mind, I might be preoccupied with my thoughts or just be present in the moment. Gradually, I find myself captivated with the flow that falls into place before me. There is no demanding or forcing, just freedom to be aware of the present moment, and evolve with it, disconnected from any pressures of the outside world. Time suddenly loses its everyday life meaning and I invite the possibilities. I am unlocked to bring to light what arises on the canvas before me. In that sense, I am as much a spectator as a creator as my paintings take shape. The realization of physical grounding in a space that has been here before me and will continue to live on after I am gone, allows me to center myself in living precisely within that moment, and living it in its entirety. My best works are active and imply movement across the space, or they emerge from, or descend into space for the observer.
In my 2020 series, “Underwater Worlds”, developed mostly in isolation, during the Coronavirus pandemic, I seek energy, hope and renewal through observing extreme underwater environments, and what I perceive as complex and adaptive underwater creatures or phenomena, in a way that allows a shift in perspective: there is beauty, life and possibility to be found in adversity and we all have the power to harness our inner strengths, drive and creativity to bring about the needed change and create progress into our own world.
In 2021 I started work on a new paintings collection. Neural Pathways is a new series of intensely emotional artworks, an evolution in my approach to fluid acrylics on canvas. The new collection is identified through a recurring pattern of lines, created with a simple, yet powerful tool. Informed by readings focused on the nature and behavior of the human brain and mind, neuroscience studies, explorations of the meaning of human existence, philosophy and psychology, this new body of work is, at the same time, deeply personal as well as universally human. I am happy to share with you my own thoughts and feelings about my art and process, or to allow you to discover your own. There is a special level of excitement generated by conversations about what one might see or feel, the approach, techniques, or materials, likes or dislikes. Sharing the art in this way, to me, brings out its full value.