The exhibition of three artists from Romania and cooperating with the IAGA Gallery is a combination of three individuals. Their artistic personality is shaped by the environment in which they live, as well as the people and experiences that meet them. The presented works are the result of the transformation of reality and the look at it through the "lens" of their personality. Let's see how they perceive and understand the world.
Alexandra Muresan - born in 1985, lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She works in glass sculpture and is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca. In 2016 she received a distinction for her doctorate "Invisibility and unpredictability in the contemporary language of glass art". Her works have been exhibited at several exhibitions in Romania and Bornholm, Prague, Plzeň, Bergen and Rome. Alexandra is also a graduate of philosophy at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Her studies in philosophy have had a significant impact on her creative thinking process and have led to a deeper development in her perception of art and aesthetics.
For her, working with glass is a time travel to childhood. She treats each project as a playground in which the past, the future and the present involve her in a game in which everything is possible. Each game leads to the next one, and the next one, thanks to which this creative process will never get bored. The artist finds it a childish joy that she is able to create her own language of art by playing with glass; she folds the letters and combines them into new words, making them into imaginary sentences and meanings that describe her time travels. These escapades are represented by works of glass, which the artist describes as three-dimensional photographs. Amalia Crişan - born in 2001 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Searching for beauty - discovering aesthetics in all dimensions is her artistic credo. Her art history has been particularly fond of works by great romantic artists such as John Constable and Nicolae Grigorescu. There is a special attention to detail and picturesqueness, which, according to the artist, is the opposite of sensibility.
Like the masters, her works invite the viewer into a magical or almost mythical world. The artist has always liked nature, which is why her paintings feature floral and rural backgrounds full of dark tones, contrasts and stylized spots. The latter is an element of artistic language characteristic for Amalia's works.
Tree is an important element of her work - it symbolizes many aspects affirming life, both physically and spiritually. Trees and nature are also a source of infinite knowledge, wisdom and have inspired people for centuries.
The author also refers to the works of other artists, such as the futuristic painter Giacomo Balla ("Girl Running on the Balcony"), Lavinia Fontana, Sofonisba Anguisciola and Hermann Nitsche. Her paintings also contain elements derived from the folk culture of Romania ("Romanian Bark").
Sabina Dragomir - born in 1992. A graduate of the Faculty of Painting at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, she graduated in 2016. Currently she continues her doctoral studies in visual arts at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, where she still lives and works.
Sabina Dragomir's work reflects in a metaphorical way the typical and classical theme of the female nude. The presented series of works was created by the artist in 2014-2015. She concealed the human body in transparent or semi-transparent curtains, such as water or fabric, and blurred the image, reflecting the movement of the body. The author takes up the subject of female identity, which is constantly present in her work. Referring to the idea that the human being and its body are divine creatures and thus bear the signs of perfection, the artist tries to show its beauty as an apotheosis of paradise through artistic language. She wants her paintings received from the viewer's perspective to show a world characterized by harmony and mystery. The artist wanted her paintings to enliven new feelings and emotions, and thus become a bridge of understanding between the viewer and the author. At a time when nudity is available everywhere and indifferently, the artist tries to prove that from the point of view of her art, the female body is not necessarily just a body. It becomes an equivalent of perfection, an expression of the inner beauty of the soul. Water is a metaphor for the purity of intentions in paintings. The artist allows emotions and tears to flow, while water is supposed to wash away suffering, impurity of body and soul.