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“Here and There” by Ruxandra Olariu

Artist Statement with Biographical Component

“Our world is a labyrinth of images. They surround us, inspire and influence us, teach or reflect our inner selves. Many times they replace our words. “

I was born in Sibiu, Romania and earned a master’s degree in biology in 1984. In 1990, I came to the U.S.A. and worked in biological research in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in the “Big Easy” I have been mesmerized by the local art scene and decided to switch careers.

I have been interested in art since early childhood, having exhibited my work in several shows in Romania and the U.S.A. I have earned a master’s MFA in 2000 from the University of Mississippi while pursuing a life-long dream of studying art.

I have tried to remain faithful to my European heritage: artistically more conservative yet also felt the need to explore new artistic trends discovered in the North American continent. I have always loved art passionately and pursued my artistic expression with genuine passion. Despite bearing many aesthetic influences, I have learned to express myself in original ways.

My work has been featured in numerous exhibits throughout the southeast, including solo and group shows, at Meridian Museum of Art, the Sun Gallery in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, Ida B. Wells Gallery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, JCC Memphis Tennessee, Tirgu-Mures Romania, etc.

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AMUM's Caseworks is a contemporary exhibition space in the lobby just outside the Museum's main space. CASEWORKS curator is Eric Bork, Exhibtion Specialist at the Art Museum of The University of Memphis. Artists interested in showing their work in Caseworks may contact Eric Bork.

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