Maia Stefana Oprea


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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 !

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“BOILING” painting series

<<With a stunning character of the touch, the “Boiling” series throws the eye into full autopsy. In the depth, the colour freezes; on the surface, it burns. The dominant sensation: that you are retracing the abstract movement of a blade, that you are looking straight in the innards of colours – hot, swollen, nocturnal. No, we are not talking about an expressionist projection, but of a carnivorous fascination towards the form.>> (L.G.S)

The “Boiling” series is composed of four individual canvases, standing for themselves, which are based on the same inner form. Most important for me has been to reach the climax of the fight given to create, at the same time: a possible modular structure that could be perpetuated indefinitely and a sequence in which these so-called modules remain completely embedded in the whole that contains them, without their independence being affected.

'Boiling' series, mixed technique on canvas, 4 x (60 x 80 cm), 2011; photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

The ‘Boiling’ paintings are created in a personal technique, which combines oil colours with other materials, such as rope, wire, light wood, clothes and other diverse textiles. The following photographs should give an idea of the 3-dimensionality of the paintings’ surface.

photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

'Boiling' series in perspective, showing the textile relief; photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

The current set is the result of a fiery war –which I attended as an active spectator – and the countless transformations occurring during work. What I had initially proposed myself was almost meant not to reach a purpose, and not infrequently I was afraid that if I add anything else, the canvas will be destroyed.