The aim of this project was to conceptualise the idea that we as humans are multi-faceted beings, limitless even. Oftentimes we choose to simplify ourselves and put each other in little boxes for other people to be able to perceive us easier. To fit in. To blend in. As a result we eagerly adhere to etiquettes and construct a whole personality around a prototype that we decided — yes this is who I’m supposed to be.
With materials ranging from acrylics and pencils to construction foam and plastic bags, Iulia-Maria created a series of self-portraits consisting of 7 large canvases (50x70 cm) and multiple smaller pieces. The main piece is embodying liberation from all judgements and pressures, being her true self. The artworks are touching on the topic of identity in the hopes of encouraging the viewer to reflect on their own persona.
Who are you when nobody is watching?
Who are you when somebody is?
Who do you want to be when you “grow-up”?
Who does your mom want you to be? Your grandma? Your partner? Society?
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Born in the year 2000 in Bucharest, I moved to Berlin in 2021 to pursue my dreams and have more artistic possibilities.
Now I am a multi-media artist and performer, going by the stage name Angel. From dancing to playing my piano to creating sculptures or mixed-media canvases, I cannot imagine living without exploring the creative world even more as I get older, learning as much as I can and finding new ways to express myself and contribute to the creative energy of this world.
I find inspiration everywhere I look. It can be a building. Sometimes even in a simple leaf of a plant. It can be a certain interaction I had with a human on the street. I truly believe if you choose to live in a constant state of awe and appreciation, life will never stop surprising you and inspiration will be waiting for you at every corner.
I think about it... a lot. I don't really make a lot of sketches, I don't really plan it through... I just think a lot about what I mean by it, what I want the viewer to feel or think about, what I want to feel or think about while making it. After that, I grab the material that feels right and let it flow.
Don't be afraid to experiment. Try not to go with the current cutesy and trendy art styles... it's overly done. Try to understand your artistic individuality and identity.
So much. I expanded a lot and finally, at the end of it all, got confident in the fact that this artistic path is exactly the one I was meant to walk. I knew it ever since I was a toddler, but it has just taken years to trust myself that I can actually do it.
When I was 7 I told my sister I am going to work for Disney and create my own princess. I was fascinated about the process of providing a visual aspect to a story. I was writing my own little books and illustrating them. When I got gifted books that had no images or drawings in them, I would take a marker and just add my own.
So as I got older I just figured that Illustration is basically making art that tells a story, a message, has a specific intention. That is what felt most natural to me to do.