Shrewsbury – Local artist and Shrewsbury resident Marion Buricatu will hold her first exhibit, Friday, March 13, from 6-8 p.m. at Arts Worcester – Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St., Worcester.
“I was born in France, surrounded by the ocher wheat fields and dark green forests that make up the French landscape,” Buricatu recalled. “It is because of this that color has had such a big impact on my life; it is why colors are such an important part of my pieces. Sometimes it seems that it’s almost not about the design anymore, but rather about the colors and feelings. When I paint, I want an image to represent my daily life, my surroundings – not an image that seems so staged it belongs in a museum. Colors help me do that.”
Buricatu’s background is in the sciences. She has a Masters of Science in geophysics and a Bachelor of Science in geology, both from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. However, art and music were always a part of her childhood.
Buricatu and her husband, along with two small daughters, moved to the U.S. in 2001. She is now a naturalized U.S. citizen. Soon after making Shrewsbury their home, a son was born making their family complete.
“When I lived in Paris, I loved to sew and would roam the streets until I found the perfect boutique with the perfect fabric,” she said. “But in the U.S., I was dismayed by the lack of fabric… so I decided to try something new: painting. I took classes every week and now teach my own.”
According to Buricatu, moving to the U.S. has definitely changed her life and passions, but she still does not forget about her French roots.
“I am constantly merging my two cultures: my pieces are a mix of French elements with a New England painting style – I love to include French newspapers and stamps, or designs like the fleur-de-lys with characteristic American painting techniques and qualities.”
Buricatu’s work is direct, energetic and uncomplicated.
“I choose a central motif with strong, clear colors and lines,” she noted. “The motif engages my two worlds – France and the U.S. The ensuing conversation between the subject and the background, between daily life in the U.S. and France, with their commonalities and differences, invites the viewer to connect to the shared experience of daily life.”
For more information and to see some of her work, visit www.marionsworkshop.com or find her on Facebook under “Marion’s Workshop.”