Ileana Oancea – The Countess

Ileana Oancea won the Copy/ Paste edition of S P A M contemporary art project with her work, entitled “The Countess“.

The idea of the project was simple: In an era dominated by the copy / paste phenomenon, S P A M invited visual artists to explore the dualism of the above mentioned cloned plinths, and to explore the imagination, or lack of it, in Romanian society.

“French porcelain was once a respected craft, carefully mastered by true artists. Unfortunately the industrial revolution changed this once exclusive craft into a kitsch everyday object, with no real artistic value. For the S P A M contest and theme Copy/paste I have decided to replicate a well chosen ‘bibelou’ or ornament that was found in the 70s and 80s in everybody’s home. I have named it ‘The Countess’, just as I used to call it when I was a little girl. I decided to give her a personal feature and stabbed her in the back with a knife. With this artistic gesture I have killed the bad taste and kitsch!“ (Ileana Oancea).

The work is now available at Art Yourself Gallery, in Bucharest.

The Countess

The Countess

The Countess

The Countess

The Countess

Ileana Oancea

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