Art - a misbehavior

The idea that painting cannot be mastered by children is a prejudice, even though there are few children who do not try it. This is the paradox that I will be considering and the reasons behind it is a new discovery – the exhibition of the young Valeria Duca.

I will say it upfront – this artist doesn’t have any proper studies in art, although she is taking lessons with the painter Ion Sebinov. They say that when the art professor saw her works for the first time he said: ‘What else could I teach her?’. His words were supportive, but also brought a lot of responsibility. It is a phrase that can define an artist as well as distress him. There is a difference between planting a seed in a fertile soil and losing it in a swamp.

Valeria started studying art, regularly visiting her professor’s studio, however she is still dissatisfied with the academic rigors; she listens more to her interior voice and the imagination. She understood the mistery of the origins of art – it is an internal necessity and not a projection of logic and rationality. Art is like the pulsations of your heart, and the younger the heart, the more unrested it is. That is the way I interpret the multitude of themes, subjects, manners and styles that I saw in her exhibition at the National Museum of Archeology and History of Moldova.

There are 35 exhibited works, ranging from abstract compositions to realism, from mannerism to a fauvist attitude. It is very true that all these labels are foreign to her for the moment, but they show that the artistic ‘structures’ exist in the act of painting itself, and that no one who touches the brushes can get rid of them.

Painting – a misbehavior, a zest that generates images; it is important to have the calm of setting free these energies… this misbehavior is found in its natural, primary, clear state, only comparable to children’s innocence.

Vladimir BULAT,

Istoric şi critic de artă, membru al Asociaţiei Internaţionale a Criticilor de Artă (AICA, Paris), Membru al UAP din Republica Moldova şi România.

SUD-EST, 2009/3