Last week I wrote an article about the spirituality of Romania, as I experience it.
I asked a few Romanians about it. Here is the view of artist Daciana Ungureanu, from Gorj.
Romania is a very spiritual country and this can be seen in our rich folklore and in traditional art. It’s the country of popular art and tourists usually know about this part of Romania. They’re sometimes observing the spirituality better, than us, Romanians…
Romanians, however, express, on an artistic plan, a superior mode : the traditional art, as an essence of Romanian spirituality was manifested better in domains like: traditional arhitecture, textile, ceramic, pottery and wood art.
I was born in a little village named Aninis in Gorj county. It’s the region that Constantin Brancusi made his way up to the top, through art. Brancusi is known as the essence of Romanian spirituality. The decorative motif “wolf teeth” is belonging to Gorj and decorated the Gorj’s gate with the role to protect the house and garden from bad spirits that could enter through the wall. This motif means a lot for me in this context. I grown up in a family with brothers, parents, and grandparents, and I assisted at faiths and customs from the house.
Many things were blurred by the Communism period that endangered the Romanian spirituality. As an example, when I was in 7th class, on Easter Day, we were called to school for sportive activities and were not let to go to the church.
Things like that left a bad influence on my generation and, because of this, I think we are in danger to loose some spiritual goods that request continuity. With this goods we can remark, now, on international plan.
I am very passionate of collecting old things and also painting and decorative art. The most valuable things from my collection are the 12 traditional costumes inheritated from my family.
It is s known that those costumes were true “visit cards” for the person that wore them, and offered information about our living zone, marital status and social status. Furthermore, they were full of signs and symbols. In those pictures I’m showing you a vest “schilerească” that belonging to the traditional Gorj’s costume.
This style was worn by the politician Dinca Schileru (1879-1916) that was the first peasant in the Parliament of Romania.The piece inspired me in decorating some objects but also for making paintings.
I think in this way I can keep, and take over the huge legacy, left by the generations that don’t exist more.
Daciana Ungureanu from Gorj