Creator of a lyrically charged visual universe, Elena Surdu Stănescu belongs to the sixth and seventh decades of the twentieth century generation of sculptors trained in a classic and academic manner, for whom the anthropomorphic approach always comes first. The human physique, especially the portrait, but also the self portrait, have found an important place in the artist’s colossal art. However, it is not a distantly approached portrait, because the characters painted by her are also beings that feel close to the sculptor. Elena Surdu Stănescu’s portraits are filled with a kind of affectionateness that enhances their expressiveness. As the author of some lavish workshop sculptural series, using classic materials: especially copper, but also stone, wood and mixed compositions / mixtures of materials as well, she emphasizes the theme of the couple, placing romance at the heart of her creation. Many of the artist’s works, quite often of a decorative nature, are created using the relief technique, designed to be attached to the panel, just like two dimensional compositions.
Luiza Barcan (2014)