In the recent years of her practice, Micu has based her paintings on a collection of photographs from her immediate environment. The combination she proposes within this show comprises scenes from her daily life and what she calls “unlikely studio views” – images taken during various artistic endeavors she accommodates at home.
The show is a non-linear visual examination, a multifaceted presentation of self, spanning several years of the artist’s life, which leads to an interest in growing plants. The spontaneous manifestation of this interest, disregarding the unsuitable existing conditions of periodic relocation, guided the artist in constructing a speculative yet reassuring scenario about things happening for a reason. By including works featuring plants in an elusive relation with the depicted surroundings, she goes beyond the realm of personal details towards articulating an empathetic connection with the audience. The viewer is encouraged to observe how past events archived as memories seem to reorganize into abridged narrations to make us feel comfortable recalling or sharing them.Ana Maria Micu (n. 1979) is a visual artist living in Segarcea, Romania, who works with painting and drawing. A Master of Fine Arts graduate of the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca in Romania, she has exhibited internationally for almost a decade. In 2012 she had the solo show “Tender Heart, Keep Still!” at C-Space Gallery in Beijing. In the same year, together with Cătălin Petrişor, they presented “A Conscious Choice For Temporary Blindness” at Mind Set Art Center in Taipei.