Maia Stefana Oprea


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LOCUS NEMINIS I

[EN] The forests were in fact commonly referred to as the locus neminis, or “place of no one”*. Locus Neminis revives the theme of the forest as an itinerary and an absolute ideal, as an adventure in the unknown and lost paradise, as a return to the origins and nucleus of humanity, as a place of mystery and human aspirations.

What does one see vertically or laterally in a dense forest ? [To look at a tree and see not the leaves, but the space between]. The mute closure of foliage. The boundless oblivion of the dormant mind. A sudden illumination of nothingness. How to picture the sky to oneself in the aspect of a huge animated body: a body not seen but imagined as there beyond the treetops. (based on a citation from *Robert Pogue Harrison “Forests – The Shadows of Civilisation”, pag. 4)

By an internal industry and expansion, our body renews. The snake casts its slough, the caterpillar its wormy coat. The loon retires to solitary ponds to spend it. Our moulting season,[ like that of the animals] must be a crisis in our lives. [In search of a new body] (based on a citation from Henry David Thoreau, Walden – Economy, pg. 22)

The paintings Delirium / Pleasure and Flow of Zăercs are made over my older paintings. It is a recurrence in my artistic path  to paint over compositions that have been wrapped and finished in the past, transforming and destroying at the same time.

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[RO] Pădurile erau numite în mod obișnuit locus neminis, sau “locul nimănui”*.

“Locus Neminis” reia tema pădurii ca itinerariu și ideal absolut, ca aventură în necunoscut și paradis pierdut, ca întoarcere la origini și nucleu al umanității, ca lăcaș al misterului și al aspirațiilor umane.

Ce se vede privind în sus sau în jur într-o pădure densă? [Să te uiți la un copac și să vezi nu frunzele, ci spațiul dintre ele] Închiderea mută a frunzișului. Uitarea necuprinsă a minții latente. O iluminare bruscă a nimicului. Cum să imaginezi cerul pentru tine însuți, sub aspectul unui corp uriaș animat: un corp nevăzut, dar imaginat ca acolo dincolo de vârfurile copacilor.   (apud din *Robert Pogue Harrison “Pădurile – Umbrele civilizației”- pag. 4)

Printr-o lucrare internă și o expansiune, corpul se înnoiește. Șarpele își desprinde pielea, omida iese din stratul său de vierme. Cufundarul se retrage în iazuri solitare. Perioada noastră de năpârlire [ca şi cea a animalelor] ar trebui să fie o criză în viața noastră. [În căutarea unui nou corp].  ( apud din  Henry David Thoreau, “Walden” –pag. 22)

Picturile Delir / Plăcere și Flux de zercși sunt realizate peste picturi mai vechi ale mele. Este o recurență în parcursul meu artistic să pictez peste compoziții închegate și terminate în trecut, transformând și distrugând totodată.

 

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STILL LIVES IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS 2005 – 2015

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These still life paintings are in private collections across the world.

–  artist MAIA ȘTEFANA OPREA

This gallery contains 13 photos


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“The thought of Lady M.”

“The Thought of Lady M.” was realised in February 2012. I used a mixed technique, combining washable pastels, acrylics, oil colours, paper, wool, thread, all on a 80 x 60 cm canvas. It is available for sale at the price of 230 EUR(shipping not included.)

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A nocturnal atmosphere, in which each forehead hides a consciousness that cuts and cuts and cuts, like a guillotine blade. Everything exhales complicity and exhaustion. Each character stays silent and keeps hidden under its tongue, a black and wild thought, like a young mouse, a “corpse” who refuses to become word. Therefore, we are, somehow, in a dostoievskian situation, because each person buries behind its mimic a fault which does not fit elsewhere than in unspoken thoughts …
There is one character in the painting who knows that any guilty man plays with the snakes, with some snakes that only he can see. Guess who is it?


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Hello Everyone

Hello everyone,

I am a young Romanian artist, currently living and working in Bucharest, Romania. After pursuing my fine arts studies in the quiet Savannah (Georgia), on the east coast of the United States of America, followed by a great encounter with the french Alps in Grenoble, I am now finishing my painting bachelor at the Bucharest National Arts University.

Over the years I have undertaken projects in many different medias and techniques (such as video art, photography, graphic arts, sound art, art in public spaces), but I am nevertheless committed to what one would consider being the “traditional” arts, mainly those of painting, drawing, engraving and sculpture. For the moment I am going back and forth between contemporary approaches and traditional subjects . My paintings are usually the result of a fiery war, which I attend as an active spectator, and of the countless transformations occurring during work. What I often propose myself is almost meant not to reach a purpose, and not infrequently I am afraid that if I add anything else, the canvas will be destroyed. This makes me think of something I have read in the notes written by an artist I very much appreciate, the italian sculptor Alberto Giacometti : „ This is not to realise the vision I have of things, but to understand why we fail. (…) I’m indifferent to the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful thing. A successful painting, a failed painting, a successful drawing, a failed drawing , this doesn’t mean anything. The failure is of interest to me just as much as the success.” I wanted to share this with you because it somehow states what I consider will remain forever my conviction, mainly that the importance lies in the working process, and not in the finality of the art object.That my art will change according to my life, and the different styles as well, trying to remain as sincere as possible towards my art.

Having that in mind, I let the paintings speak for themselves.

As a mention, all my artworks are for sale.