An update with Alina Marinescu
In her recent work, Alina Marinescu takes the viewer above and out of place, from her sketchy observations of random scenes depicting ordinary passersby on busy city streets to an escape from reality in a complex fantasy world, where the beauty of nature meets the vastness of the cosmos.
OUT OF PLACE
As with her previous work, the young Bucharest-based artist becomes main character in the series currently in progress, Out of place. Although idyllic and serene, this earthly space seems to suffocate its sole inhabitant. Swimming towards the stars or contemplating chance at the edges of the unknown, the nude female figure, perhaps a primordial being, strives for more. In a way, the first two pieces in this ongoing series become a metaphor for the contemporary man’s aspirations to learn more and explore the universe, for man’s evolution or constant transition, as well as for our everyday emotions, ambitions and need to feel that we belong.
In Above, the artist becomes a spectator. The bird’s eye view perspective turns the focus from her inner world to strangers and their routine. There are either one or two persons shown in each drawing, of different ages and apparently from different social backgrounds – two girls on their way to/ returning from school, an elderly couple with flowers, probably visiting someone on a certain occasion, a mother and her child with balloons in their hands, a street sweeper or trash collector taking a break. Although the faces remain unseen or slightly revealed in profile, one can guess, besides the age and gender, the social categories by examining their clothing, their gestures, the objects they hold. If in the other series time is suspended, there are now indicators of when these people are being observed.
In both sharing her personal experiences and her perception of what goes on beyond them, Alina Marinescu skillfully creates arresting works that invite to a reflection on ourselves, how we see and relate to others and the endless possibilities of our journey in life.
Images © Alina Marinescu