Iuliana Varodi's body of critical art is a dispersed yet interlinked assemblage of stories,
made out of photography, text, sound, performance and installations.
Her artistic research is intermingled with travelling and with everyday life. Her subject matter gravitates around a vibratory relationship between the political and the arcane.
In her performance work, she arranges a state of being, a state of
mind - by working with time and space and by not acting but going into a
play and going out again, being herself, questioning. Her performance
mirrors what she is researching or searching for. Some of her work can
provoke strong opinions and discussions. She is walking on a very fine
thread and she’s stepping beside of it sometimes, by offering her
personal permeability - which she uses as a vehicle, a tool to work
with. In her performance as well as in her writing, one can sense holes
in the narration, holes in the time, like blank spaces. Her literary
style is variegated and performative, as each text asserts its own
tonality, its own conviction, its own search and re‐search. The
perceptual experiences she explicates interweave the natural and
supernatural, the abstract and concrete, fact and fiction, compatible
and incompatible realities. Her narratives and journals are tinged with
humor, acute observation and the distancing of a traveller, an outsider,
a guest. There are subtle quips, linguistic innuendoes and double
entendres in her prose and poetry that affect the unfolding of layered
dimensions of meaning. Her writing evinces a neo‐romantic quality in
the way she draws relations between nature and self that interfaces
with a sharp, postmodern subversiveness.
In 2007, Varodi set up and directed morisena, a centre for artist in
residency, as a context for exploring creativity and collaboration
while living within a small, local community. Artists were invited to
participate in collaborative art projects, to share a concept, a house,
a garden, to explore the local culture and traditions, and all that can
happen in and around a collaborative art project: the challenges of
creation and production in a self-sustainable environment, the cooking,
the cleaning, the fun, the gardening, the failures and potential
By the way it was conceived and it grew, this wesbite has become a time based art work and is an intergral part of Varodi's bricolage and prototyping approach to artistic knowledge production.
In the press >> (Romanian).