TRYING TO CONNECT
Trying to connect is a generative art installation where the viewers’ interactions with objects in the room shape the ambient music landscape, influencing and inspiring further interaction in a feedback loop. The artists, Diana Butucariu and Erik Lindeborg aim to create an accessible and intuitive art experience. Their work is also an investigation into the effects - possibilities and requirements - that modern technology has on the ancient human activities of making music and ceramics.
SKINS is an investigation of expectations imposed on artists in society.
Norm can be oppressive, dictating personal behavior and punishing deviations. In other cases the normative may be elusive and hard to grasp. Transplanting yourself to a new country implies trading a set of intuitive “rules” for new ones, which are largely unknown, and rarely defined for you in clear terms.
Migration is a revolutionary act on a personal, psychological level. It gives an unimaginable freedom from the set of norms and cultural memes of the ancestral culture. Since moving in Sweden in 2012, my artistic work has been dealing with the gains and losses of this transition. Of culture shock, nostalgia and confused impressions of my new country.
SKINS is made in collaboration with Erik Lindeborg.
Mossy is a large ceramic lamp. Its organic shape creates an unpredictable play of shadows, making the room come alive.
The pictures were taken in Euphoria Kitchen Studio showroom in Bucharest.
The ceramic exhibition Templum comprises a series of decorative sculptures and utility objects that through their form recreate the inner meaning that the word temple conjures. The design objects, viewed as spiritual architecture and containers of some specific feelings, define the artistic ethos of the ceramicist. Viewed from a perspective of cultural and religious differences that can be found in a community, the pieces are a reaction to the living conditions of an adoptive space.
The created volumes, standing on three, four or more legs, are ordered like for a march aimed at retrieving their self-image. Taken individually, they seem like static objects belonging to another time, where dramatically contorted shapes start to find a balance.
This tumult of shapes is a summary of the road taken by the artist to explore and internalize the feeling of existing in the world like a temple, a symbol of human diversity.
Inspired after an old romanian type of kiln for baking bred called "țăst".
After reading the book "About angels" written by Andrei Pleșu, I came up with these small transfigurated cups.
SALT AND PEPPER
STORIES OF HOUSES
The project started when I rediscovered pop-up books. I found the paper models elegant and couldn't resist the challenge of transforming them into ceramics. The first impression is the facades. Soon you discover that they hide other walls and the deeper you get, the illustrated story becomes more intimate and personal.
A house carries with it more than itself, it contains the memories of the people passing through it and their stories.
I let the viewer discover and interact with the objects.
The bedside table re-imagined as a house represents a universe belonging to one person, two people, and the space between them. In my eyes they appear as intimate, unexposed and quiet creatures that have a whole mechanism and an internal acidity.
"Bucharest 90-12” is a travel book over my native town, for the period that I was living there, 1990-2012.The project captures my personal view of the city and offers to the public a dimensional guide that could be unfolded and built up into a small town.