About this work of Art
As Within, So Without, No8
Original Landscape Painting
Acrylic paint on 100% cotton mould made 300gsm paper
Size: Painting size 49cm x 34cm / Paper size 50.8cm x 35.5cm
Signature: Hand-signed by artist and dated 2020
Series: As Within, So Without
Please note that in situ images are purely an indication of how a piece may look.
In As Within, So Without, No8 is a contemporary abstract painting by Anca Stefanescu.
Each landscape channels a certain emotional state of being, present within me the moment I entered my studio in the morning. They are reflective of my inner reality, they are the emotional response to my thoughts and active beliefs translated into form rather than places of my walking life stored within my memories.
At the beginning the mere idea of painting landscapes had stoked a chord in me in a way that I could not but regard as personal. Primarily it awakened in me the problem of opposites, of acceptance and rejection, of separation and integration, of feminine and masculine. Throughout my entire life I felt my inner masculinity so huge that I could not possibly overlook it in the plan of my life and finally I had to see it as an essential part of my personality.
Art reflects back to me the whole of my personality, my essential characteristics given by the unique compilation of my experiences.
The whole problem of opposites in its broadest sense, with all its concomitant metaphysical and philosophical aspects, is drawn into this small size painting series. Our affinities and repulsions contain important clues to self-knowing.
I have always rejected the idea of painting landscapes without having an elaborate explanation or understanding. Many times I have observed inexplicable elements finding their way into my works – even in my performances or in my writings. Upon closer examination I have become aware that particular details of my work often lead toward greater understanding of myself and the meaning of my experiences.
The fact that a polarity underlies the dynamics of the psyche means that the whole problem of opposites in its broadest sense, reveals the deepest desire of self-discovery and self-examination.
I know that through this process I will not attain any “ultimate truths” at all, but on the way to them I can discover astonishing partial truths about who I am or can be.
Anca Stefanescu is a Romanian artist, working and living in England, whose artworks utilize the combination and interweaving of both manual-painting and digital techniques.
She presents the human body in partially abstract compositions, creating hybrid images which incorporate both computer-generated elements as well as material ones. By mixing digital with manual traditional painting she follows the idea of creating a half-conscious state for the viewer envisioning exhibits not as a succession of fragments recognizable from reality, but as triggers to look inward into the world of ideas free from any physical limitations.
Anca Stefanescu’s metaphorical and figurative paintings, explore the notion of identity and the settings that compose the texture of life in contrast with the concept of time and space in metaphysical interpretation.
“I ideate to create not just objects to be looked at, but an extension of my inner state, an out of the body experience that will give to the viewer glimpses from another dimension… Paintings are solidified feelings on canvas and when the observer is looking at them the feeling is again motion, moving out from the painting into the beholder’s perception.”
She studied painting from the age of twelve, graduating in painting and conceptual art.
After exploring performance art for several years following graduation, she came back to painting with the understanding that we are all in pursuit of happiness and joy, of emotions that transcend any egotistic limitations, believing in the energy of colours, in the power of healing since each colour vibration opens channels of communication with the divinity and wholeness within.
For Stefanescu creating gestural atmospheric paintings of flat grids crosshatched with fluid brushstrokes and pulsating in color and texture has a therapeutic effect.
“Art is the tangible form of what one mind creates, meaning the artist, for another mind that creates simultaneously, and this is the viewer. Art is no more than a co-creating process of which we can be aware without having the capacity while oriented in a physical body to fully comprehend or perceive with our humanly scenes. Each artwork I create I feel is preordained.”
- Size : H 34 cm x W 49 cm