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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. 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 results.

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 >> Iuliana Varodi si Moriesena (Romanian).