Passion and Joy. So, we can describe in a few words on “Fanica Balan” (39) – “Fane” for the close ones. He’s in love with the nature, by everything is Beautiful, Life, Light and it works with much grace, simplicity and devotion to express himself in a piece of wood, stone, marble or just a piece of cloth. Talent for design and the sculpture was in the first years of life.
Article by: Camelia Moga (2012) – Review and translation by: ExpoArt (February, 2017)
He’s improved the Technique to School of Art from Piatra Neamt, under the guidance of a renowned professor of sculpture, but has continued to be a Genius. “I always followed what I felt from the inside, as we have been inspired”, says “Fane”. Did not want to let themselves be influenced by templates and copy the style of other artists, although there were voices which told that it gets very close to the style of “Constantin Brancusi” in the works they he do.
When you have discovered the passion for sculpture, for the art in general?
Within my remembrance, I felt attracted by the Nature, by everything what is Beautiful, Life, Light. And I realized that I must manifest in a certain way, I felt that must create something. I like me to manifest, within Creator Style. I felt this way from childhood, when I was 3 years. All childhood, I liked very much to walk the creek “Umbrari”, in “Tibucani” beside “Piatra Neamt”. I liked the stones sanded. Walking 3 hours, elect stones which they came home. I was very excited by them, I liked their form stoppers. I do not believe I saw that somewhere, because I was in an environment quite broke away from the world cultural, artistic, especially when there was no internet. Neither did not know what it is that the sculpture, but I was attracted, wanted me to pinch, give these forms beautiful images on which they felt and i appreciate very much.
I started to tell me how I could do a sculpture. But the possibility of would carve itself, to express myself in this way, was offered later. Until then, I began to draw. I liked very much art iconographic aesthetics. I started to draw it after the icons, to paint iconografie. I have practiced very much to the drawing and it helped me very much for later. I have a passion for plants and for any is old and has a certain footprint, a certain aura – old book, the icon old, old coins. They got me always these things. And, slowly, slowly, having regard passion for such things, I started to get involved and to work. I finished school and then I went to the School of the Art Institute of Piatra Neamt.
I learned the sculpture with a very good teacher – Silviu Bejan. I was and teacher and parent spiritual. I have tied a friendship of the soul with him, which exists now only that he is gone in America. No longer communicate very much with him, but remained a connection. I was very good at what I was doing. I do not want to be a praise, but making them from passion, things I were very easy, in comparison with other colleagues who were making efforts to leave them something. Work relaxd, quiet and I were all very well.
He made the Faculty of Arte Professor said to me, “Go, preparation, if you want to go to college”. I said “No, I am a gifted, I am not interested in if it is to take the faculty shall, if not, no”. I have given in the first year, without any preparation, without anything, and I got a low grade. Did not Have Any then. I said to myself that no longer form the faculty and very well I did, from my point of view and may and others. From that moment I said to myself that I will do exactly what I feel, I do not need a certain direction date by others, of certain templates. Being in a faculty you are mislead something, you shall impose a specific style and, without you want, after 4-5 for many years you copy someone at a time. I always followed what I felt from the inside, as we have been inspired by it. Have not tried to change anything at all. Even at a sketch or work I tried to get linking the art of which shall be made at this time. I tried to do what they are, what sense. Slowly, slowly we got and I trust and the world he showed me that i value, that we have talent. I offer the world gives me and grow. And this is an extraordinary thing.
How do you feel on the inside to do the sculpture which follows to give him life?
The inspiration comes in moments when you least expect it. It is not something programd. When you feel you enter in a specific status, you have a specific vision of what to do. I manage to materializez a certain mood and manage to do this as simple. I do not want to complicate nothing, have to infrumusetez or bibilesc something, but he is and how would I freeze a feeling, a fluid which, chiling him, at a given moment takes shape. A living. Me At the time of construction is not only the moment of execution, e joy. Pleasure to do anything. For example, I carved at a given moment an Indian holy, known as Babaji. I had a dream in which she came to me, m-blessed, I placed his hand on his head and I went to a special status. We have looked into his eyes and I have communicated without words. And it looks as they say – with a face more elongated shape, bright, with a long, dark hair and an explosion of lights around his head. And then, with the joy that I had in the soul, has worked more than him than I am. We worked together.
Nor do I ask how much time do a work. I am not tired. Enforceability, give way. And when it happens, it happens. To finish and one day if they are very eagerly. I think I have exceeded this barrier of the time. The greater the passion, so you are more timeless and you should beat the time and to render more than what you feel. The passion is the most important element which can pushed forward into something – and in love and in the art and in life, in all. If you do not have the passion to live and not to live.
How many exhibitions you have done so far?
Two. In Piatra Neamt. I have had small exhibitions in Germany, but not necessarily because we wanted i, it happened on request. I was offered and I said yes. I did not want to come out on the market, but it happens at a given moment, and I will not go back. I will have to introduce the works of the whole world, if necessary, with joy, trust and dignity.
Many of your work take you thought of sculptures by Constantin Brancusi…
I do not have had contact with his work Brancusi than near the high school. I had access to information. When I discovered on the Brancusi, I had already been a series of sketches, even an attempt to sculpture, technique. I was afraid at the beginning, I said to myself that I too high likeness. I had a tiny piece of work which it modelasem and gave up at her because she was with Prayer Brancusi’s. Had never seen her before. I got scared and said “What am I to do now?”. I read the biography and I discovered the very fact that as a child he went and took the stones in evil, and liked…and I was shocked and more loudly. We are like very much and that the drumming. When I read the story of his life, i identified with him. When he was on him, as though I were those things, and they lived with the intensity. And he was still Aquarius, like me, plus certain feelings, certain visions. I do not know precisely what that means nor do I care, it is important that the message which must send and I bring happiness. I am not an imitator of Brancusi, even in a case, although I have met people who have told me – “That’s his work Brancusi, have you ever done something to her…”. There is no problem. I don’t mind, because I know the truth and I can pull down such a situation.
What themes are to be found in what you do, by what you speak more?
There are a few essential themes to me. Right from the start I had a strong link with the theme of maternity. E that joy the beginning, is the essence of things in maternity and i even this theme in a series of work. The theme of flight on which again we met in very many works of Constantin Brancusi have it in several works carried out. In general, it is about those emotions is essential, – the primordial love, ascension joy, the joy of birth. I have searched for only one side of the positive terminal of the human, but of the entire. I never denied pain, which is the suffering of falling – I did Icarul-, suffering before the joy – in the work of the prayer or abandonment, Flight or broken into bondage – the inability to be in total freedom to fly, not physically, but of living freedom. I have not avoided nothing, I left to run it all.
How do you choose the materials? What makes you to choose a specific type of wood, stone and marble?
Feel them. Certain topics, certain feelings argue you to find suitable equipment. E intuition. For example, to wood are very important his texture, weight, hue, when you want to render something. And I think that you choose and wood in itself, chooses the theme, and in the end it was supposed to be the case, you know already. To me it has always according to the theme with the material chosen.
A few examples…
Walnut has extraordinary quality. And vibrational feel it . Each type of the shaft he felt otherwise. The walnut, when you work, I let daltii. Is a fairly loudly, but he has the plasticity, gives you permission to adjust very nice. On the other types of wood is very difficult, serve more to the sanding, of flex. Depending on the shape of the work and theme they choose a material for sanding, more, or for worked more to chisel. Depends on the shape of the. And so you choose and the color and texture and the quality of the wood.