all images: works by Christina Chirulescu, courtesy Christina Chirulescu and Tanja Pol Galerie, München.
During a working period in Nuremberg at the "Auf AEG" studio areal I met Christina Chirulescu – a young painter, who grew up in Rumania and moved to Germany in the age of 18. Chirulescu's paintings are minimalist, often kept in cool coloured tones and only rarely incorporate definite elements. While they suggest a distance, they similarly fascinate. After our work for the current AEG Werkschau "So Nah. So Fern" (until the 12th of October), which also includes two of her works, I asked Chirulescu some questions about her artistic practice.
Anna: Your work is often kept in monochrome colours with only slight abstract elements. Would you call your work minimalist?
Christina: No, one could think of my work as being connected to minimalism, but for me it's not only about the reduction to the essential. My approach is not strictly conceptual. There are geometric elements, as well as there are figurative aspects. I am interested in this balancing act between abstract and narrative – the option to oscillate between formal and contextual meaning.