Abstract painting techniques on canvas

Maia Oprea

The purpose behind my latest artwork – which is turning more and more abstract — is to explore the expressive properties of paint and other materials through mostly physical and poetic processes, developing my own dialogue in between thoughts and colours, emotions and memories, lines and gestures, hesitations and decisions.

I use very diverse materials, ranging from pencil, charcoal, pastels, tempera, gouache, acrylics, oils, to modelling clay, textiles, wood and metal. I lately prefer working with used materials, old textiles, doing collages of old sketches and books, the marks and stains resulted from the preparations of the surfaces becoming the actual point of departure for the new works. I am interested in modalities of animating the objects and of the way in which these interact with the initial formal character of the objects, in an artistic process that interrogates the space between cohesion and opposition.