We are thrilled to be able to offer for sale a reflective, uncanny artwork titled “The Mimetic Tree”(2018), signed by Romanian artist Maria Bălan. The artwork is a part of Maria’s personal campaign against illegal logging, which is also made public on the streets through paste-ups featuring characters from her “Anomalica” series.
300×400 mm / reduction woodprint and linoprint / Cocoon Offset 120 g. (100% recycled paper) and Schmincke aqua-LINOPRINT (professional quality water-based ink for block printing)
The technique used by the artist is engraving and each work is done manually, including the printing, thus each composition is unique.
Single edition of 30, numbered and signed, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
There are 10 pieces “The Mimetic Tree” by Maria Bălan available in the feeder shop.
The Mimetic Tree series includes a linocut print, which you can see here, The Mimetic Tree linocut printed women’s t-shirt by Maria Bălan and the men’s version.
See other limited edition manual linocut and reduction wood prints from the “Anomalica” series, such as the Forest Spirit, a linocut paste-up on reclaimed brick, The Punishment, or the Anomalica & Fete și Elemente (Girls and Elements) sets, each containing 5 laminated stickers.
About Maria Bălan
Maria Bălan is a multilaterally developed graphic artist who studied Graphic Arts at the National University of Arts Bucharest and a non-practising architect having studied at the Architecture at the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu”. She is based Bucharest, Romania, a freelancer since 2007 and a member of Plastic Artists’ Union from Romania and Illustrators’ Club Romania. Maria enjoys painting walls, creating book illustrations as well as digital art-work (concept art, 2D animation, poster design) with the main focus on portraits and human expressions. Her work has been recognized with The Prize of The International Poster and Book Illustration Biennial For Young Artists, Timisoara, 2013.
In October 2018, she presented her first solo exhibition, “Neștiuții“, a personal project that consists in assembling and illustrating a painful reality that is ignored by the authorities, but also by us, ordinary people who walk every day on the streets and notice at least one case that I call “the unknown”, beings left to chance, which society prefers to keep somewhere on its border, namely street people. She revealed her amazing teaching skills during the Un-hidden Bucharest children’s linocut workshop in 2018.
Read our interview with Maria Bălan, published in January 2019.