Miss Christina und weitere Werke von Ioana Nestorescu-Balcesti

Miss Christina, 2020
100 x 80 cm (h x w)

As a child, I would have liked to have become an archaeologist. I hoped to find the cities of ancient civilizations, the remains of long-lost architectural masterpieces, fragments of life that no one knew anything about. And just as I spent my entire childhood in a museum, I was shared by the essences of the past, by the stories behind the exhibits, by the palette of shades of some faces and static forms but in constant change. Along the way, however, I realized that as time goes on, the colours change. Some become wiser, others on the contrary, more adventurous. These changes, which make up the evolution of colours, fascinated me and made me want to be able to penetrate the alchemy of chromatic transformations. For this, I needed to set certain colour hypostases to analyze them later. And without realizing it, from my play as a researcher, I came to model the colours, to look for their malleability, to try to reconcile them with time, between them or on the contrary, to argue them to provoke storms and irreversible processes. I had become a grey eminence in the life of twilight shades. Since then I have continued to do this, understanding along the way that beyond colours, words were the ones that gave birth to the processes on the basis of which colours came to life. I assumed poetry as a prerogative in the hope that in this way I would be able to penetrate the psychology of the evolutionary processes of chromatics.
My works do not seek to amaze the viewer. They invite the one who is prepared for a journey of time. For me, colours are distinct life forms, complex characters whose genealogy will race you if you do not know it. White is the mother of these characters and black is a haunted father who denies his existence for the sake of protecting his offspring. And between these two parental barriers, between black and white, there is the saga of descending colours, whose subtle chronicler I was entrusted to be.

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