Maia Stefana Oprea

WASTE – first stage-

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„Waste – first stage” is not only a contradictory paraphrase of the pedagogical methods to teach the realization of Still Lives, but it is also a personal system through which household items are translated into the language of abstraction. Relying on conventional painting techniques and operating with consumer objects, I am searching, at the border of the imperceptible world, for that flashing life within objects, that pulsation or stillness, that intermediate life between animal and object, that shadow or that reflection, “that mysterious element which is animal a few hours of the day and only under the action of light “(Odilon Redon,Journal).

Stills IV, 70 x 50 cm, acrylic on paper, 2013

Stills IV, 70 x 50 cm, acrylic on paper, 2013

It all started with the need to make sure that all the constellations of small things around me did not go unnoticed and undocumented. The things that interest me are recruited based on their ability to be deformed, fragmented, broken, extended, torn apart, modified, in order to be then combined, joined, stitched, trimmed or spray painted and transformed into a shapeless mass . These objects have several features: on one hand, they represent a mnemonic route, a junction between past and present (they practically compose an invisible diary from September 2012 – March 2013, although many of these objects date from periods prior to my biography), a container of every recyclable particle that has been found in my home during this period. Things of all kinds: found, discarded, used, deteriorated, forgotten. Packaging, electronics, clothes, bottles, tetrapacks, bags, pieces, heads, parts. However, it is not these which interest me, but the operations around them, from their selection to their use as a perceptual reference.

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The longer lasts the binding of these corpses of debris, the more intense is my relationship with the future objects, and the greater is my ability to synthesize the future inanimate arrangements. There is a relationship of physical and emotional closeness established between me and these pseudo-mutants, which installs “a strange complicity between these objects, as they would imply mysterious meanings while being displayed (…) and filling the imagined space of the painting ” (Roger Fry, about Cézanne’s still lives). This leads to a phenomenon of delirious autoscopie, which approaches me to the internal line I seek in my paintings.

These works will be on show at Ruse Art Gallery in Bulgaria, 10-23 April 2013, so if you happen to leave nearby you can check this event on my Facebook Page !

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