The title of this series is Oneiromancy, which means the interpretation of dreams through divination.
Between 2013 and 2015, I embarked on a number of journeys. With me I took my dependable Canon EOS 35mm SLR camera. During my travels, I came to make several seminal realizations--both inward and outward. Some were enlightening, such as my tenure as the assistant of a Tibetan monk in Bali, Indonesia; and some were humbling, such as my explorations in India, which brought to my attention the vivid wonders of panculturalism. My peregrinations in Europe, in particular in my native Romania; London, England; and my adopted Italy, were, on a personal level, enriching.
I experienced an emotional, psychological and spiritual growth, which culminated in an enhanced sense of intuition, that shaped my approach to art and photography. An epiphany: at the root of profound peace is acceptance.
Acceptance of my past: of growing up in a society tormented by Soviet authoritarianism, then emigrating to Italy, when I was a mere fillette. Acceptance of my surroundings: of embracing the mercurial delights of all earthly paradoxes. And, most crucially,
acceptance of my cherished interpreters: my dreams, and my lenses.
I began to cultivate what I regard as an internal database of beauty: a collection of timely fragments of life, ignited by a visceral state of awareness, whereby harmony can emerge from collision. Liberation.
This database is the source of all my inspiration.
Let me set the scene: I poise my analog apparatus, and wield my third eye. On the spur of the moment, my environs and I are the very epitome of oneness. The pragmatist in me, meanwhile, meticulously heralds a multiple exposure technique--which, suffice to say, is my technique of choice, as I do not use Photoshop--and at once, twice, I capture the variety, the colour, and the warmth, inherent in my subjects. They are, after all, a reflection of me.
“Ioana Vrabie's analogue photography represents what I call Romantic Conceptualism. Personal yet Universal concepts wrapped in exquisite beauty”. Lorenzo Belenguer, Art Critic for the Huffington Post based in London.