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RECYCLING THE DEAD Drawing

Maia S Oprea

Romania

Drawing, Pencil on Paper

Size: 12.2 W x 13.4 H x 0.1 D in

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In March 2020 I have started a journal of sketches, drawing thoughts and feelings in relation to living closer to nature, isolation, my understanding of this strange world as well as to my readings about ecology and permaculture. This particular drawing was inspired by the figure of Hundertwasser, an absolute hero of fluid forms and ecology “ Friedrich Hundertwasser : With the entry into an ecological age we can see that there is no waste, nothing dies, everything is alive constantly, only transformed into other forms – and this is not a religious philosophy, only facts. (...) A person should be buried only half a meter, or two feet, below the surface. Then a tree should be planted there. He should be buried in a coffin that decays so that when you plant a tree on top the tree will take something out of his substance, and change it into tree-substance. When you visit the grave you don't visit a dead man, you visit a living being who was just transformed into a tree. He continues to live in the tree. You say, You can develop a beautiful forest because the trees have their roots in the graves. That forest can spread over the landscape and, as we don't have enough forest, the forest will be conserved at the same time. (...) A fantastic place where you can live in constant contact with life and death.” ( excerpt from Spiraling Ideas- HUNDERTWASSER, by Harry Rand)

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Drawing:Pencil on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:12.2 W x 13.4 H x 0.1 D in

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Painting is located in the center of my artistic interests, and through it I investigate concepts of time, memory, absence, waste, decay, violence, identity, subjectivity and vulnerability The purpose behind my latest artwork (painting-graphics, collage, assemblage) is to explore the expressive properties of paint and other materials through physical and poetic processes, following the development of a personal dialogue in between thoughts and colors, emotions and memories, lines and gestures, hesitations and decisions. Desiring to pull the viewer from representation, I like to draw attention to the painting process and to many painterly 'imperfections', which can be clearly visible in the works. My paintings are often built up in layers, during long periods of time, through a process of recording and analysing natural forms, shapes and objects which I make myself, or my own manipulated photographs. These visual sources often resonate with my old drawings and sketches, which are in turn incorporated in the future paintings. The brushwork experiments in the studio and the repetitive structural forms found in my environment become a language of my work. If I were to synthesize in a sole phrase what characterises my interventions, steps, installations and artworks of the media I have experimented so far (photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture), I would say that they are all somewhat self-referential. Self-referential in the sense that my work doesn't demonstrate nor does it present the functioning of structures belonging to the territory of the real. But rather it embraces these structures, interrogates them, in the pursue of a visual expression where reality and imaginary, conscience and unconscious, life and death stop being felt as incompatible. www.maiaoprea.ro/en http://maiastefanaoprea.wordpress.com

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