I was born and raised in Transylvania,
Romania, and currently reside in Durham Region, Ontario, Canada.
childhood I spent many wonderful hours in my woodcarver uncle's studio, where I
was able to observe the transformation of the material during the creative
process. I often picked up his hand tools to carve small functional objects.
My sculptural journey started in Toronto through developing skills in
clay building techniques and pottery at George Brown College, The Gardiner
Museum and Studio on the Hill. My main interest became the human
Years later me and my family moved out of the city. I started experimenting
with paper mache and became intrigued by its challenging nature. Today
I work exclusively in paper mache.
I draw inspiration from many sources, including history, mythology and
everyday subjects that offer possibilities for reflection, questioning
and existentialist wonderings. The figures I create are essentially symbols.
Although my modelling is somewhat realistic, my main objective is not anatomically
correct rendering, but to pursue fleeting moments and states of being.
Through form and gesture - often altered, distorted or exaggerated - I
aim to capture and uncover shards of the mysterious substance without a
name buried deep in human consciousness in the realm of dream-reality that
we all aware of. It lingers about the cave walls of Lascaux and Altamira,
the rich forms of the Willendorf Venus, the mysterious cycladic figurines,
the marble statues of the Hellenistic period, the paintings and sculptures
of Renaissance and modern masters. Lost for words, we may call it a magical
or sublime experience. It overwhelmes with awe, upheaval, elation and even
pain not connected in any way to our daily lives. It is the rare union
of our rational and emotional being, a heightened state of awareness that
makes us forget boundaries and limitations.