Ida-Anamaria: Young and Talented!

Hello Ida-Anamaria! Congratulations again on receiving the "Young Talent Award" on "50 Shades of Red" International Art Competition. What led to the inspiration behind your award-winning painting?

My award-winning painting “The Tree of Life” represents a crucial point in my personal development as it is the first painting which has been done in this style. Initially I wanted to create something geometric and use both colourful and monochromatic layers. While the painting was assembling, I had in mind that I must find a way to bring together all my ways of creating as I have different approaches, so I have started to cut all my previous works and randomly place them on paper. I was interested in all the visual effects that I might get, bringing together dynamism, energy, symbols, colours, contrasts, and mythology based on the knowledge about “The Tree of Life” Deep down, I was looking for a way to make the transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. The piece represents a journey of self-discovery and observation of the potential that any work can have. I wanted to let the piece unfold without thinking how to make it look beautiful. It gained its beauty because I trusted the process from the beginning till the end. Gradually, all the pieces have materialized and transformed giving birth to a work that continues to amaze me with its complexity and vibration.

Amazing. Tell us more about you! When did you start painting and how is painting part of your life?

Painting has always been part of my life. Ever since I was little, the first thing I did when I got to kindergarten was to grab a piece of paper and some colours and start spreading my creativity on it. Later, it had become a form of relaxation, of disconnection that made me happy, at that time I did not think that I would pursue a career in this field. When I got to the point of deciding about my professional future, I looked back at the walls of my room that were full of drawings and paintings or handmade things and I realized that whatever it was, a career that allows me to do what I love and express my creativity is what I need and that is how I got to the University of Northampton studying Painting and Drawing! At first, I had been nervous knowing that all my artistic experience was made up of what I had done on my own during high school and over time, but I met some extraordinary teachers and colleagues who supported and encouraged me to show my talent in its purest form. Now, I cannot be more grateful for all the events that brought me to my current position.