Maia Stefana Oprea


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‘COME AND LOOK. I(t) kicked the bucket. I(t)’M lying there, totally snuffed!’ – part 2

Within the installation ‘COME AND LOOK. I(t) kicked the bucket. I(t)’M lying there, totally snuffed!’, the public was invited to take one zăerc (What is a zăerc?) from the installation, in order to later photograph it its the new space (public space, inside the apartment, uncertain space, selfie with the zăerc, etc.).

Below are the photos received from the public and exposed as part of the installation and within the exhibition “What About Gregor Samsa” @ Galeria Anca Poterașu, Bucharest. MANY THANKS to all the participants !


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LINING

Lining - installation performance - Architecture School of Strasbourg, France

Lining – installation performance – Architecture School of Strasbourg, France

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“Lining” is a group work based mainly on one of my old projects, “Bucharest, Roadblock”, a journey in which I used transparent tape, pasting through public and private spaces as well. This time too, the tape is used to make a kind of drawing in space, a drawing that seeks light strokes or which allows light to be traced.  Continue reading


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Topography of a Dog II

"Topography of a Dog II", acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2013

“Topography of a Dog II”, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2013

“Sometimes, you feel like punching in the table and cry aloud: – Enough, let the time alone, time is intangible,

time should not be challenged! Is space not enough for you?

Space is human, in space you can frolic as much as you want, you can tumble,

you can roll over, you can jump from one star to another. But (…) do not touch the time! (Luigi Pirandello, excrept from “The Notebooks of Serafimo Gubio”, own translation into English) Continue reading


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LUDUS

detail of Ludus II

“Charlie Chaplin once told Jean Cocteau that after the film will be finished <<the tree must be shaken>> in order to keep only what remains on the branches”. (Rudolf Arnheim, “Art and visual perception”, own translation)
The “LUDUS” project was developed during 2009 in an effort to ignore, in relation to the aesthetics, this principle of parsimony. It is also evidence of a certain age in my painting, an age at which I will probably never return. Age at which we want to eat all the apples and never shake one tree.

Ludus I, mixed technique on canvas, 60 x 90 cm, 2009, available for sale;
“Ludus I” has a more delicate story: I consider this work to lack “attendees”, because of its lack of chromatic “diplomacy”. What can I say? Nonsense. Aside from this, through “Ludus” I can speak, perhaps more autistic than in other works, of an age when you ‘fabricate’ childhood without ever realizing that you haven’t yet exhausted your own childhood…

Apparently a number of leading threads, of hidden stories, and yet no, the story never begins. In „Ludus” the only importance lies in the joy of storytelling.

detail of Ludus II

What unites these elements are precisely their differences in spatial planes, in artistic structure and in their intent of autonomy, thus generating a variety of irrational conflicts.

detail of Ludus I

As a mention, all these paintings have been realised after live models (including myself), and not after photographs. The models ranged from people I barely knew to friends I’ve known for a long time. During the painting sessions I have always asked them to talk a lot, thus their words highly influenced my figurative initial compositions. I thus consider these models to be secondary authors of these works.

LUDUS II
mixed technique on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2009

In the following posts I will upload more paintings from the “LUDUS” series. Stay tuned and let me know what you think !

Also, as some of you might have seen, yesterday I tried to upload a sort of interview form, in order to start promoting artists that I like. It didn’t work, but I’ll fix it asap.