Reflections on 2015

In the spirit of remembering the best moments of 2015, I want to take the time, now in the last day of 2015, to reflect on what the old year proved and what the new year can bring.

2015 started so aggressively dynamic and I feel that only now I have the time and also perspective, to see objectively the beauty and progress of how things eventually unfolded. I started 2015 in a sort of continuation of 2014 with great projects at SCAD, and great desire to delve into what Sculpture can offer and how it can enrich my photographic and artistic practice. Getting acquainted with the expectations of writing a thesis paper for my M.F.A. program seemed perfect synchronized with discovering my passion for Sculpture. Being a peer tutor and teaching assistant helped me extend and apply further my passion, skills and creative energy to this artistic field. The internship with Atlanta Magazine that soon followed inspired and taught me how commercial magazines work and produce content every month, inspiring me later on to take the entrepreneurial leap with launching Florilegium magazine.

In between, I created so many new projects that helped in so many ways to refine my practice and inspiration. Even though time seemed to be my enemy, I feel so strongly that 2015 allowed me greatly to express myself creatively with so much potential in the shortest time frame I had on hand. Here, I can only remember that time when I had only seven days to create for the Huffington Post the video of Welcome to Braggsville and choose between this or going to New York City for a second interview with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for a photography internship position. Showcasing my work at Out to Launch was also an incredible experience, putting me in contact with so many great creative companies that had the chance to see and experience my artwork. With only few days before graduation, opening my thesis exhibition - Life from Light was the most accomplishing feeling an artist can experience. It represented the recognition of an extraordinary journey I started when I joined SCAD with a thesis project that meant so much to me.

The time when I graduated was extraordinary, encapsulating all these amazing experiences. Stepping on the stage to collect my degree, witnessing the inspirational lecture of John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, as the distinguished guest speaker, and experiencing the closing show, made me feel accomplished and extremely proud of myself of graduating a master that I long dreamed for.

Hilton Head Island brought to me equal joy, with new exciting projects related to videography, design and portraiture, and unlimited access to the Atlantic Ocean. Discovering and experiencing the island motivated me to use it as a subject matter in order to further extend my practice. Thus, now in the eve of a new year, you can all still enjoy my time there with these short creative films.

Creating cinematographic motion experiences means so much to me because it is not only encapsulating the memory of a special time, but it also brings with it an excellent subject matter to artistically explore. The island has been the inspirational background where I created and designed my amazing 18-page long project for Up by Forbes and the inception of Florilegium, the magazine. And this brings me closer to today, when recently I launched the art and culture publication Florilegium, available only in print with an amazing interactive design and inspirational artwork. I see Florilegium as a new chapter in my creative practice, which fully reflects my evolution, interests and practice. As a new chapter is closing, other follows and opens, bringing with it new expectations, challenges and accomplishments. We all have to allow ourselves to grow, refine and enjoy each stage through which we pass. And this is my wish for 2016, to continue this exciting exploration and experimentation of art and keep having the courage to risk and always fall in love with the beauty of the simple things around us. Happy New Year!

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New Beginnings with Florilegium

After four years and seven issues, What Liberty Ate magazine naturally progresses into Florilegium, a publication which crystallizes a greater sense of visual communication. A new design, a new format, and a new name to encapsulate the essence of what the What Liberty Ate has meant and become over the years. Nothing stays unchanged, we grow up and become something more than we've been before. Florilegium shares affinities with What Liberty Ate, following a road-map that is reflecting a fully grown perspective over the media arts scene.

Today, Florilegium explores contemporary media in order to cultivate the role of art in everyday life. The magazine curates cross-disciplinary mix of artistic and cultural expressions, from conversations about food to creative essay reflections from emerging artistic voices in the field of visual arts. First volume of Florilegium is today out, and it takes full advantage of paper's beauty, being available only in print, pairing the provocative imagery with a distinct design for well-read individuals. Operating from Czech Republic, Florilegium encapsulates an unique design, highly focused on asymmetrical layouts, combining typography and photography to effectively communicate a visual sense of contemporary identity.

I did a number of internships, each place very different from the next, that gave me the opportunity to experience new things. After finishing my MFA in Photography at SCAD, photographing, designing and writing seven issues on What Liberty Ate magazine, I am moving on with Florilegium, a new ambitious project. Bringing What Liberty Ate to United States has been one of my biggest projects to date. This ambitious project pushed me to make the entrepreneur leap today, and dedicate myself to an evolved editorial idea that has steamed from What Liberty Ate. Thus, Florilegium is taking editorial and book design in a challenging aesthetic direction with its 100-page debut volume devoted to showcase the most inspiring and innovative creative projects in the visual arts. As a visual artist, I am devoted to explore a wide range of experimentation both in photography and design that heavily reflects and takes in account the social and cultural shifts, and argues for a new meaning. Florilegium’s first volume focuses on our love of life by curating artistic reflections of the natural and man-made worlds through form and shape. This volume aims to inspire a deeper environmental awareness and serves as a reminder of the issues we face as humankind.

I am very grateful to my editorial team in the United States for joining my project and making Florilegium's first volume possible: Nicole Dabbs and Katelyn Betts; thank you so much for consolidating this challenging project. It has been a wonderful experience curating artist's work from so many different backgrounds and experiences, works that showcase an increasing concern with contemporary issues and artistic expression: Aitch (RO), Hastings Huggins (USA), Kaitlin Botts (USA), Larisa David (RO), Loreta Nicolcea (RO), Oana Piscureanu (RO), Silvana Catalinescu (RO), Sinziana Velicescu (USA).

You can read all about this and experiment the beauty of Florilegiumits design and storiesby ordering a signed copy here. Please follow along and help me spread the word.

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The Fine Arts and Florilegium - The Excerpts

“Artists have no choice but to express their lives.” - Anne Truitt

In my first quarter at SCAD back in 2013, Florilegium has been the space that carried all my states of doubt, critical thinking, excitementRead more