Ioana Stelea engraves the surface of glass with graphic signs, words and images - a personal alphabet - which are administered as some visual incantations. Sentimental inventories of the present and of the past generate true magic formulas. Fragments incised with silhouettes and cosmogonies overlap in order to form the human body (Signs Almanac). The characters of the young artist from Valcea become maps, tales, puzzles and pretexts of re-composition. Domestic interiors and household items are removed from the utilitarian sphere and they are reinterpreted. The circular representations of time are crystalized in instalments. On the fused glass, Ioana Stelea draws with minimalist delicacy and craftsmanship.
Raluca Băloiu (2014)