ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a Romanian-born American artist. I grew up under a dictatorship, from which I defected, and spent years border-hopping before settling in New York. My art reflects our contemporary world of porous borders, vulnerable shelters, and mutating identities.
My sculptures and installations often use architectural references as tropes for systems that enclose and exclude, protect and reject. Iâ€™m interested in boundaries and in the impact of structuresâ€”material, theoretical, social, or politicalâ€”on individuals and communities. Much of my work is site-specificâ€”the physical, historical and cultural aspects of the site informs my concept and use of material.
Several of my sculptures are in the form of bunkers. Human-scale, woven of willow branches or covered in feathers, they are as much about longing for home and shelter as they are about conflict.
Some of my sculptures take the form of wells. The well is a shared resource and social gathering place. Its iconography is mythicâ€”the source from which life and knowledge spring; a receptacle for our desires (throw in a coin and make a wish).
Some of my installations incorporate video, photographs, or drawings. I use a broad range of materials, such as hand-made clay and straw bricks, willow, mirrors, feathers, steel, wood, stone, and marble, depending on the concept and context for each work.