Sorina Susnea stood in the gallery at Glynn Visual Art on St. Simons Island, surrounded by pieces from her latest exhibition. One wall was filled with his paintings, shades of blue, white, gray and black.
The swirls of shapes, similar to wormholes, gave the whole space a sense of movement. Interspersed with the fluidity of his paintings are metallic sculptures, a fundamental juxtaposition to the depth of the paintings.
This presentation, titled Touching the Blue Void, was created by Susnea to provoke thought and emotion in gallery visitors.
“It has been developed over the last year and it has three distinct dimensions: painting, ceramic sculpture and light boxes with translucent epoxy resin elements,” she said.
The paintings are born in the movement. Often, Susnea will use her own body – her hands or forearms – to create the basis for the tunnel-like movement.
Then she will come in to add details and refine the piece.
But even with these additions, each work retains a sense of mystery.
“There’s that place between the ambiguity and the unknown where new knowledge just hides out of sight,” she said.
“A space between the webbed dark matter scaffolding of the universe and the dance of quarks to the beat of the strong nuclear force. It is the style of my art and the infinite source of my fascination.
The poetic way in which she perceives art and her place in the world comes naturally. In fact, his entire artistic journey unfolded organically. It all started when she was a child, growing up in a small town in northeastern Romania.
At the age of 10, she embarked on the path to becoming the designer she is today. In fact, Susnea can remember the exact moment it happened.
“My mother considered all extracurricular activities a waste of time. However, apparently the poetry club at the local community center was quite academic, so she allowed me to attend. The poetry class was next to the painting class,” she said.
“These were not rigorous lessons, but they were offered free by the government. Everyone met weekly. Now my mother mistakenly believed – most likely by something I had said, that poetry met twice a week. And so, with colors secretly “borrowed” from our leftover house paint in the shed, I attended my first painting class.
From then on, Susnea poured herself heart and soul into her work. She began her art studies at George Enescu University in Iasi, Romania, where she obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in painting. After moving to the United States, she earned her MFA from the University of South Florida.
Once in her new country, she continued to study art and exhibit her work. Susena has held solo exhibitions, as well as juried exhibitions in Florida and New York. She has also won dozens of awards and has been artist-in-residence in Quebec, Canada, and Bali, Indonesia.
While she has lived all over the world, the Golden Isles became her home a few years ago. She now feels totally in her element.
“We have settled into a more complete sense of peace here than anywhere else. We couldn’t have done better,” she said.
And as she embraces her new home, Susnea relishes sharing her work with the community. His current show will be on display until April 9. She will then turn her attention to revamping her home studio to work on creating mixed-media essays, blending her autobiographical writing with works of art. Through this, Susnea will continue to seek to share her thought-provoking pieces.
“All my projects walk a line negotiating what is already known, what can be discovered, and what will remain a mystery. The planned journey is provocative, challenging and rewarding. I want the viewer to walk that line with me,” she said.
“Once a work of art is placed in the world, my control over what it can generate in a viewer is lost. Viewers are encouraged to seek inspiration in my art, to look as deeply within -even my works look back, to find their personal boundary between what they think they know and the real mysteries that feed creation.