Str. Gheorghe Lazăr, nr. 4, ap. 12, 30080, Timişoara, România
Graphic artist and interdisciplinary artist.
Suzana Fântânariu’s interest for integrating the third dimension into her art starts to become clearly at the beginning of the 90s. Her first experiment, from a whole series of experiments that will follow later, all of them exceeding the pure plastic and spatial interest thanks to their philosophical and aesthetic significance, consisted in integrating engraving plaques into compositions that have the role to complete the plane image. The series of evocative anthropomorphic representations, allusion to the sarcophagus’ configuration / form or to the reduction of the isolated body and symbolical isolated body of the mummy, signs already emblematic for the visualisation of souls, generate the most spectacular, amazing three-dimensional objects created by the artist. These compositions belong to an artistic cycle realised across several years, a cycle that through its consistency manages to overlap a wide variety of significances. By means of their title and general form the three-dimensional or high relief Mummies represent an explicit referral to the Ancient Egyptian culture. Otherwise, because of their active, pensive posture they are generating a narrative structure. Furthermore, made of the artist’s engravings, they also advance another key lecture, somehow an explicit detachment / separation / rupture of the former bidimensional technique, a sacrificial act. The anthropomorphic series is followed by another cycle, the Columns. This cycle three-dimensionalises a vertical aspiration foreshadowed by the bidimensional versions of the mummies, versions created on long shreds of paper. These columns are covered with signs that represent a random writing. Across the following years the artist continues and at times updates the well-known anthropomorphic cycle. In the last two decades, Suzana Fântânariu’s preoccupation for three-dimensional representations hints at the found / searched object identified in the rural cultural heritage - functional dismantled objects, and architectonic fragments, or at objects taken over from the urban quotidian – objects that carry significancies generated by their own deterioration solidary to a series of lifes that turned into memories and fantasies.