( nee URCAN )
Artist’s Statement - Oana Urcan
"My practice encompasses film, video, photography and painting, woven with narration, poetry and sound. It is a continuous search, as I always follow my wildish nature.
This weaving is a natural yearning – it is story-telling. It is quite mysterious how disparate elements come together to form a whole, an entity. A poem here, a fleeting memory there, a leitmotif, the sound… Sound can bring it all together.
Secretly, but also overtly,
I want to alter the time of the viewer. As an artist, most of all,
I am interested
in creating ‘atmosphere.’
I often make reference to literature and poetry. The fairytales of childhood are still vivid in my memory, the books I’ve read, the poems I’ve heard, and Tarkovsky’s films somehow make their way into my work.
There is a tinge of melancholy, a romantic tendency that is quite
Romanian in nature.
Mircea Eliade, a Romanian intellectual and writer, who wrote the most
comprehensive work on comparative religion, used to write fantastic
novels with a particular interest in time travel and metempsychosis.
When I was growing up, his books were banished and publishing ceased.
But my mother had a few in her library.
Whether time travel, as in my film, ‘The Dakota,’ or being in two places at the same time, as in ‘The places where I live,’ I want to make time the fabric of my work.
In ‘The wanderer,’ time
is again touched, albeit in a different way.
The sound, provided by my composer friend, Dan Grigson, aids the suspension of disbelief, adding an extra dimension, which I feel is necessary.
The excerpt from the 10th century Anglo-Saxon poem ‘The Wanderer’ is compelling and still so relevant. It belongs to the ‘ubi sunt’: ‘where are’ tradition of elegiac poems, a meditation on mortality and life’s transience.
The photographs of the crossroad somehow belong to the film, or the film belongs to them. I would like the viewer to be drawn to them, into them, as a start of an imaginary journey, the journey of the wanderer."
"The wanderer"-video project
With art studies in London,
New York and Sweden, from Kensington and Chelsea College,(HNC in
Fine Art), Camberwell College of Art, (BA (Hons) in Painting), Royal
College of Art,(MA in Photography), School Of Visual Arts, New York,
(Scholarship) and Linkoping University, Sweden, (Research), the London
based Romanian artist has exhibited since 2005 in exhibitions throughout
London, Berlin and Krakow.
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