"My Fantasy Forest" SELECTED MADS Gallery Milan, "Dress me" Sept.2020 and Markham "Open windows" Juried show Sept. 2020
by ALESSIA PERRONE
"The artist Manuela Moldovan explores new artistic techniques by inspiring herself from nature.
She unites materials as the oil painting, the cold wax, the alcoholic ink and the acrylic, or even elements as the sand and the cotton, by using the originality of the photos’ collage technique or of the fabrics based on supports, which are every time always different.
The surrounding environment’s beauty attracts the artist to such an extent that she creates new compositions based on a flower and naturalist theme, through those the life and the energy emerge inside the artwork itself.
As in My Fantasy Forest, the artist intertwines her vivid passion with the color emphasis and the picture verticaly. This artwork opens up the door to a new ideal world, where the forest could represent a place for leisure and adventure or being the center of the supernatural.
Through these so bright tones, made possible by using the green as the main color on the canvas, the artist invites the observer to leave aside all the concerns, in the search for a flourishing and prosperous life where the imagination becomes the so-called “turning point”, that essential element which triggers the dreams, capable of making them endless. The background remains neutral, by linking this nuance to the central forest, emphasizing it even more. For this reason, by simulating long, substantial and swirling brushstrokes overlapped one another, the artist gives an extreme strength and dynamism to the whole picture. Their movement originates from the bottom up, as if they are eager to reach and connect with the divine and the supernatural".
My Toronto HONORABLE MENTION #2
Juror's comments: This collage provides a whimsical impression of the urban landscape. Its verticality is unusual but is perfectly suited to the subject. The structure of the composition, with its shifts from architectural to natural imagery, is lively – like a climbing structure for the eye.
"A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy." Edgar Degas
For me, art has been a passion since a very young age. I like the freedom to work with colors, imagine, seek, and connect with nature.
My inspiration comes from the color and the depth of a forest, or the fragility and grace of flowers.
More than a landscape, trees and forests, boreal or tropical, have the power to reveal beauty and mystery, fantasy and imagination.
Over the years, I fell in love with mixed media due to the effects on depth, texture, volume, dimensions. Lately, I started experimenting with collage using alcohol ink, Japanese paper, prints of my pictures or artworks, different textiles, adoring to build images and lavish layers.
My artworks are a voyage in search for a flourishing and "green" life, uplifting and warming up the human soul.
I love capturing the mystery of any corner of our planet or imagine a beautiful and vibrant world.
I have a passion for joy and color, truly blessed to share my work with you.
I prefer working on larger canvases, I want the viewer to experience the intensity and the depth of a forest, landscape or a floral composition.
Some of my paintings are privately owned in Canada ( Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, New Foundland ) and Romania ( Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj ).
I am happy that some of my jewellery I have created so far are selling in boutique stores in Kleinburg, downtown Toronto, as well on Etsy, having clients from Canada, US, Poland, England, Australia, Romania.