Maia Stefana Oprea


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DUSTOGRAPHY IV

I worked on this painting in my 38th and 39th weeks of pregnancy, waiting for Meira, my first daughter, to be born. Today I finished this painting dedicated to her, but she still doesn’t seem decided to jump into the world.

DUSTOGRAPHY IV, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2015 Continue reading

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A Dog’s Topography

I was away for a while, as I moved out of the city to a lovely house in the countryside, where there’s a whole team working to build me a great large workshop 🙂 So I’m back !

I wanted to share my thoughts on an artwork I made during February, “A Dog’s Topography”:
There is no void. There is no fullness. But there is a new substance which composes itself and decomposes, being reducible to the inner image, whose form is strictly its realisation. Every time another one. Without surrender, without omissions, without economy of forms. And last but not least, no guide posts.

In relation to this, and the artwork ” Red July”, curator Kristen T Woodward, Professor of Art at Albright College in Reading, wrote on the artists2artists social network, where I’ve been recently featured. I wanted to share her words with you as in the end of her text she writes in a very concise way what I am looking for in my recent painting — also related to those “guide posts” I mentioned above.

“This is a very engaging piece- teetering between structured landscape and expressive abstraction. The painting seems to partially implode into itself, as the linear vertical striations cross the figure-ground illusion. The color provokes a strong sensory, emotional response. The red in “Red July” Is a saturated red-pink, crossed with a pure green, evoking the ripest watermelon of summer. While there is a pale blue in the sky, it too is tinged with the spreading pinkish hue. The blue outlined shapes rectangles suggest screens leaning across the house structure- and they do in fact succeed in letting “air” into the piece.

The varying degree of abstraction is interesting throughout your works, as you vacillate between comprehensive figuration and works without, as you say, “guideposts”. Perhaps this is why I enjoy this piece so much- it seems to pull into two different and opposing directions. “

    Thank you for reading and don’t forget comments are always welcomed !