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An artist's impression of London

“London has changed my perception of art,” says Romanian artist Irina Corduban, with an untraceable smile.

Irina was a muralist artist before she came to London, and her work mainly focused on religious themes.

She demonstrated her love for painting at a very young age and when she turned 14, she began to receive formal training n painting.

“I studied traditional painting at school and traditional painting was all I thought I would do at that time,” she said.

But London changed her view. As soon as she moved to London, she realised that there was no place for any old art concept in this branded creative capital of the world.

Shock to the system

For someone who had based her career on traditional painting, it was quite a cultural shock. Irina felt like “wearing a very old dress everyday” when she tried to find a gallery to put on exhibitions.

She failed, of course, in a city that craves modernity and newness. Rejected and confused, she disliked the city for being “cold and without colour or shape”. Those were her darkest days, but she soon found her ground.

She found her way out of her own cocoon and began to explore various modern art forms, hoping to catch up with the pace of London.

Her latest experiment is to use a computer for her Tree of Life project. Thisproject involves drawing the outline of contents on paper and colouring the objects with Photoshop software.

The use of a computer in a painting process is a breakthrough for Irina, who was worried that her traditional painting techniques could not fit into the modern art capital.

Now that she has found a way to combine traditional painting and modern art, she begins to appreciate London’s need for innovation.

“London provides me the drive to experiment new art forms and gives me the freedom to create while in Romania, we were told to draw all the time.

“After 7 years, London feels like home to me now.”

Words by Luna Lin
Images by Luna Lin and courtesy of Irina Corduban
Find out more about Irina Corduban: http://www.l2m.co.uk

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