Ortansa Moraru - Down The Danube

 

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Headbones Gallery catalogue produced for the exhibition: Ortansa Moraru and Doug Alcock - Hammer & Spoon March 20 - April 21, 2012

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the drawers headbones gallery contemporary drawing sculpture and works on paper ortansa moraru down on the danube march 20 april 21 2012 headbones gallery

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artist catalog ortansa moraru down on the danube copyright © 2012 headbones gallery this catalog was created for the exhibition titled doug alcock and ortansa moraru hammer spoon at headbones gallery vernon bc canada march 20 april 21 2012 artwork copyright © 2006 2012 ortansa moraru commentary by julie oakes copyright © 2012 julie oakes rich fog micro publishing printed in vernon 2012 layout and design richard fogarty printed on the ricoh spc 811dn all rights reserved no part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical including photocopying and recording or by any information storage or retrieval system except as may be expressly permitted by the 1976 copyright act or in writing from headbones gallery requests for permission to use these images should be addressed in writing to ortansa moraru c/o headbones gallery www.headbonesgallery.com front and back covers detail images from down on the danube isbn 978-1-926605-49-4 rich fog micro publishing toronto canada

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ortansa moraru down on the danube commentary by julie oakes

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ortansa moraru and doug alcock hammer spoon exhibition headbones gallery 2012

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ortansa moraru down on the danube in 2006 ortansa moraru was a recent immigrant to canada when she was included in the exhibition aligning with beauty at the varley museum ontario her expertise is printmaking lithography intaglio xylography linocut mezzotint and monotype three works were presented they were a large scale for wood block prints for she had sourced wooden panels vertical rectangles with rounded corners which she used in multiples to create grids thus enabling the large formats the inked wood blocks were rubbed with a spoon to print the commentary in the catalogue stated ortansa moraru s descriptive spaces are not worlds of complete freedom but tangled and embroidered flights of fancy that imply existences other than those from which we have learned to escape we are confronted by a maze-like frequency of turns and barriers that interrupts our expectations with a jag in an unexpected direction consider the grain when a perfect curve is unfolding and it hits the grain the intrinsic path of the wood the life lines and indications of history trip the wandering line and shift the pathway it is similar to building a nest when the grasses and branches are woven into place by an intelligence that is unaware of mathematics and engineering like a bird s yet understands how to build the nest from the inside of it s being the nest building gene is a part of their make-up so it is with ortansa moraru s detailed woodcuts they map an inner dimension that translates into marks familiar yet unique images of nests and boats relational reminders of her uprooted-ness occupied moraru s work as she settled into her canadian studio gradually acquiring equipment with the acquisition of a 12x18 inch jack richeson co etching press she

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began a series of small dry points and etchings she was the master printmaker for the 2009 ink bonds portfolio working with the ten selected artists to create the limited edition prints she then acquired a praga etching press and zinc plates and soon the larger press was rolling whereas the work up until 2010 gave indications of her immigration with the boats and nests the new work reveals the complexity of the journey she has undertaken as well as where she has arrived in 2010 as a canadian landed immigrant able to travel back to her home land she embarked upon a doctorate from the western university of timisoara her thesis supervisor is the master printmaker suzana fantanariu timsoara called little vienna is a center of culture it is the largest city in western romania and the official tourism site boasts that it was the first city in europe to have electric lights second in the world to new york moraru s large wall installation down on the danube with its multiple references draws visual information from the danube river she interprets her subject within a format that imitates the flow of the river punctuated by points of interest that have clear and complete identities on their own as well as contributing to the whole the greatest part of the danube river roughly forms the southern border of romania and the list of points of interest on this 670 mile

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leg of the river from the famous iron gate to the delta where it empties into the black sea is varied there are the ruins of a roman bridge tolponita cave and historical cities including bucharest along the banks the danube river delta is 2100 square miles of wildlife sanctuary much as each city along the danube has its own unique identity so the individual paper pieces retain autonomy while participating in the whole using a variety of print making techniques with woodcut and metallic powders she captures visual moments in time as we travel the route of imagery the danube river is a favourite tourist destination and the pleasure of such an experience is recreated within moraru s down on the danube this is a wondrous piece that enhances rather than challenges it possesses a classical purity with architectonic overtones in the over-all presentation the proportions are as harmonious as a roman building yet with a modern overlay through the use of abstracted imagery both the empty spaces and the lustrous coloring add elegance ortansa moraru has a quiet personal demeanour that belies the punch that she packs she is much like her materials for she has a naturally refined background and her material is shoji natural japanese paper upon which is applied a strong image the striking contrast of black ink on white with a subtle nuance of character the golds silvers and lusters both moraru and her work leave an impression whether as a single image or in the multiple prints ortansa moraru s work is striking and complicated printmaking is a specialist s realm that requires not only the sparks of inclination and vision but also dedication for it is an art that is perfected over time moraru brings the charm and courage of her birthplace to her imagery while displaying the maturity of her expanded expertise and life experience julie oakes 2012

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down on the danube 2012 woodcut instalation 2.5 x 6 m long 7 pieces

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