Inspired by artists such as René Magritte or Constantin Brâncuș, Felicia Simion creates surreal self-portraits using full-body costumes
20 June 2021 | Felicia Simion | 121Clicks
Inspired by artists such as René Magritte or Constantin Brâncuși, I create surreal self-portraits using full-body costumes, which suggest strangeness, otherworldliness, and isolation.
I am a 27-year-old visual artist and freelance photographer interested in Visual Anthropology and Storytelling, constantly looking for new ways to nurture self-expression. In 2016 I graduated from the Bucharest National University of Arts, Photography and Video department, and in 2018 I successfully completed an MA degree in Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology and Folklore at the University of Bucharest.
My artistic roots can be found during my childhood and adolescence, when I engaged with painting, music and writing. At the age of 13 I came across the works of Magnum photographers, which later became a representative moment in my evolution as a visual artist.
As a photographer, I tend to pursue a fine art approach to each genre I focus on at a specific time. I situate my work somewhere near the thin line between reality and fiction, easily floating from one side to another. In the last couple of years, I have withdrawn inspiration from Cultural Anthropology, exploring themes such as family, identity, dynamics of tradition or body.
I am currently based in Bucharest, Romania, and available for commissions around the world.
“Someone once told me that I press the shutter when God wants it pressed. From then on, I felt like photography was something bigger than an ephemeral crotchet, beyond the crust of my soul, brighter than light itself. And so it is. Art has made me a believer, a deceiver, a winner, a loser, a fighter, a thinker, a dreamer, a doer, a goer, and, above it tall, it has made me myself. And I realized we are much more than just a mould; and there is much more to love.” – Felicia’s Artist statement.
Below is a selection of the Full-Body Costume work.
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