Oana Ungur
BA (Hons) Fine Art

Oana Ungur

Two shirts, a lighter, a worn-out stuffed toy, and a certain hoodie may seem insignificant to others, but they always finda place in my luggage wherever I go. This deep attachment I have towards these mundane object sparked a curiosity inside me and made me question just how many memories they can hold. Recently, while revisiting my hometown, I found myself being intrigued by an old photo album, immersing myself in a sea of forgotten memories. It was a common element in those photos that caught my attention, evoking a profound sense of nostalgia and a longing to relive those moments, truly cherished them.

The pivotal element that resonated deeply within me, entwined within my memories and intertwined in my life, my sister. This urged me to explore the complex dynamics of our relationship through the use of seemingly ordinary or childlike objects. Upon closer examination, these artifacts reveal deeply personal memories, unique experiences, and shared connections between the two of us.

The juxtaposition between the simplicity of the objects and the complex relationship I aim to portray initially intrigued me. This led me to question how truly ordinary these objects are when they have the power to convey such a profound bond, even though I find it challenging to articulate all the nuances through words alone. Through my investigation I found that its not the object itself that holds inherent meaning,but rather the memories we attribute to them, that makes it a perfect way of portraying such an intricate connection. As for nobody but my sister and I found a meaning in these objects. It’s the way I could portray deeply personal emotions while at the same time not revealing anything that excited me about my work.

My artistic practice analyses the many layers of meaning hidden within seemingly mundane objects that surround us, revealing the profound memories and life they hold being driven by a desire to capture all the intricacies and nuances of my relationship with my sister.