The loss of our dear ones, and the difficult but also the happiest moments in my personal life had a deep impact on my career as an artist. All the experiences made a way to a soul-searching process that helped me to create this large portrait made up of several faces. It is, in fact, a jigsaw puzzle of the states of suffering people. In this case, they are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
A project that was started by the BAT Foundation in London, and now, with the help of this meaningful work, I hope that I will be able to increase the awareness of this terrible disease. It was so exciting to see an entire community involved in improving the lives of those who needed support. I want to see such action in Romania as well.
After one year of research and a series of in-depth drawings about Alzheimer’s disease, I selected a suite of portraits of a few patients who have suffered from this illness.
The first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease was back in 1906. Her name was Auguste Deter, and the most incredible thing for me is that now over 100 years later, we still wouldn’t be able to offer her a treatment to slow or stop the disease.Here is all about the discovery of Alzheimer’s disease
Auguste Deter was the main inspiration for my research and the beginning of this work. Her portrait can be seen in the space between the old man’s eyes. This old man also describes a part of my family, the resemblance of my grandparents who had the blue of the sky in their eyes, a warm look, and a sincere smile. I named this portrait M, and the title of the whole work is quite descriptive, ‘Unforgettable’. Once you can observe all the clear faces in M’s portrait, you can also see from his wrinkles other less obvious faces. Each small portrait is connected by those lines of wrinkles, this could be discovered by each viewer.
Overall, when you look from a distance, you can see M’s face with his innocent smile in a positive way given by all the details and reflections of the gold leaf in the background of the canvas. With a lot of neurological symbols, and connections of the brain with the shape of human silhouettes, it emphasizes the concept and harmoniously links this metaphorical puzzle.
It took me 2 years to create the whole concept, but it was so beautiful and overwhelming to work on every little detail. Especially when you walk in front of him, from side to side, you can see his eyes following you. The goal remains important for me, to create emotions, beautiful memories, and hope in the viewers’ eyes.
What do I want to happen with my artwork?
We are in times like we never thought we would be, but that gives me even more strength because I know that good people will sift through and they will seek humanity and authenticity.
Due to these times, I postponed or even canceled many of the events and trips, which is why I decided to keep the work UNFORGETTABLE, for the time being, in my studio. But in the meantime, if the opportunity arises to find the right place, I am open to the idea of exhibiting the work to promote through art the awareness of the neurological condition, Alzheimer’s, and not only that cause. In conclusion, painting supports the cause of any emotional or mental experience.
My greatest desire is to exhibit this painting to be auctioned off to raise funds for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. My wish may seem intangible. I dare to dream because this is the only way I can begin what I set out to do. I invite you to the idea of trying together to find those people, that place, and that moment.
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