First, could you tell us a little bit about yourself, and your work?
Right now, I’m pursuing a Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax. I grew up in Montreal, QC, but I was actually born in Bucharest, Romania.
As far as my work is concerned, I am fascinated with crashes. They are simultaneously attractive and repulsive. This duality, or contradiction, is what really interests me, which is why I make aesthetically pleasing prints with a repulsive subject matter. I consider that our society has become desensitized to these images through constant exposure to them in the media, and yet they remain a spectacle. In my work, I combine a critique of our society’s attitude towards calamities with a sense of wonder at the beauty of destruction. Most of my prints are based on real events. I choose what I depict based on the back story as well as on its aesthetic appeal to me.
What initially drew you to combining sculpture and printmaking to create works like the Deflated Trabant?
When I made the Trabant, I had been working with crash imagery for two years already. I thought that I needed to create my own crashes, so I decided to make a paper car which I would then destroy. I also wanted to push the boundaries of printmaking and three dimensions seemed like the next logical step.
I chose a specific car: the Trabant. I grew up in Eastern Europe and although I didn’t really experience Communism, my parents did. The Trabant was the butt end of many jokes which I recall from my childhood. Essentially, this car was East Germany’s response to the VW. The Trabant was mostly made out of recycled material (Duroplast) because metal was not available in the USSR at the time. The irony is that I made a paper maquette of a paper car, so the joke is that my version is more durable. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, many Germans from the East crossed the border into the West in their Trabants… and then abandoned the cars in the field. The Trabant symbolizes both Communism and it’s fall, as well as freedom, which is why I considered it the perfect car to crash.