Year 2021

I believe my drawings have to do with searching for a physical and spiritual balance—the unconscious pursuit of equilibrium. I began drawing late at night, while processing a range of tangled thoughts and emotions. I found it easier to sort them out once I translated them into dots and lines. In time, my dots and lines began to take shape. As I travel deeper into my drawing, my thoughts play back one after another. It’s as if I were cleaning the dust off the shelves of the mind: what is fuzzy and amorphous and obscured by emotion gives way to clear thought.

My dots are bullets aimed at the canvas, looking for a certain precision in shape, size, and location. This may be a strange form of revenge against the status quo that I don’t feel powerful enough to change or influence. These dots could also represent my constantly morphing self, as it finds its place in a world in perpetual motion.

The series Year 2021 speaks about moral traits that are hard to gain, hard to keep, and hard to find in a place where telling the truth is considered impolite (i.e. The Spine 1The Spine 2). Liberty is one of the most precious things given to us, and we understand its value the moment we begin to lose it; it is at that moment that we learn about our shortcomings. How long can we keep our spine straight? How straight can we keep it? How much of what we think we are, we are indeed?

Emanuela Iorga is a filmmaker, artist, and screenwriter, who lives in Chisinau, Moldova. Art represents for her a recently rediscovered passion, following a series of world and inner changes.
She was previously published in Jet Fuel Review, Beyond Words, Welter, and Please See Me.

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