INSTALMENTS is a new series of online viewing rooms that complements our exhibition programme; highlighting the work of artists living and working close to home. To accompany the online project new work by each artist will also have a physical presence on the east wall the 'Feast Room', on the first floor of the Glasite Meeting House, our gallery in Barony Street, Edinburgh. The second artist in this series is Oana Stanciu.
The relationship between subject and object is at the heart of Stanciu’s approach - posing herself in (often uncomfortable) domestic tableaux, using props which accentuate the oddness, she excels in unsettling and confounding the expectations of the viewer. There is sometimes something darkly familiar about her images, as if she is conjuring some fairy-tale archetype, or perhaps a deep-rooted and melancholic myth, but her work also suggests a sense of the absurd delivered with the self-awareness and control of a dancer.
For this edition of INSTALMENTS we are exhibiting for the first time a very personal series of images made by the artist a few years ago at her Grandmother's house, situated in Afumați, outside Bucharest. The artist documented her playful and poetic responses to her grandmother's garden, borne of a spontaneous and urgent desire to recapture and record a sense of the place where she had spent many happy childhood summers. Four of these new prints are currently exhibited here at Ingleby.