Magda Amarioarei is fascinated by the idea of perspective as fiction, and is convinced of the use of perspective as an abstract way of explaining space. In reality, the horizon is incomprehensible and non-existent, but reduced to a line within painting, it helps to make the world accessible and, according to the artist, it restores the earth's two-dimensional aspect. Using these kinds of tools, the artist playfully combines figurative, recognizable elements with lines of perspective that distort one another. On so doing, she produces work that simultaneously transports and repels us.

Ilse Roosens, curator

 

Magda Amarioarei's paintings show a 'gaping wound' or opening which leads into some earlier timeframe, or even into a completely different visual cell. The gaze is trapped in a telluric fault line and rebounds towards the surface. As if one cannot control one's view. Then, on the surface, there appear strange figurative 'suggestions' or visual embryonic details such as a tube, part of a dug-up, broken gas system or waterworks… or even the remains of some abandoned kindergarten.

Magda's work is full of such modest traces, like a couple of branches or a heap of leaves, or simple narrative remnants, or the beginnings of 'stories'. But they all refer, in one way or another, to the elements of a classical landscape... (1)

Koen Wastijn, artist

(1) Extract from Fragments and Landscapes, On the paintings of Magda Amarioarei by Koen Wastijn