WORKS
  • Nora Neagoe, 80s Inverted, 2022
    Nora Neagoe
    80s Inverted, 2022
    Airdrying clay, acrylic paint, varnish
    23 x 9 x 13 cm
    Nora Neagoe, 80s Inverted, 2022
    £ 950.00
  • Nora Neagoe, Age of Surveillance, 2021
    Nora Neagoe
    Age of Surveillance, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 60 cm
    Nora Neagoe, Age of Surveillance, 2021
    £ 1,300.00
  • Nora Neagoe, Better in Pink, 2021
    Nora Neagoe
    Better in Pink, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    101 x 76 cm
    Nora Neagoe, Better in Pink, 2021
    £ 1,100.00
  • Nora Neagoe, Birthday Party, 2021
    Nora Neagoe
    Birthday Party, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    150 x 150 cm
    Nora Neagoe, Birthday Party, 2021
    £ 1,600.00
  • Nora Neagoe, Pick Me, 2021
    Nora Neagoe
    Pick Me, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 70 cm
    Nora Neagoe, Pick Me, 2021
    £ 1,300.00
  • Nora Neagoe, The Blues, 2022
    Nora Neagoe
    The Blues, 2022
    Airdrying clay, acrylic paint, varnish
    20 x 7 x 17 cm
    Nora Neagoe, The Blues, 2022
    £ 950.00
  • Nora Neagoe, The New Summer Collection, 2022
    Nora Neagoe
    The New Summer Collection, 2022
    Air-drying clay, acrylic paint, glossy varnish
    20 x 7 x 17 cm
    Nora Neagoe, The New Summer Collection, 2022
    £ 950.00
OVERVIEW
My practice revolves around the idea of beauty in social media. I focus on beauty standards in women, as they are the most affected by surveillance, control and invasion of privacy. I started this representation by thinking of fish eye views and peepholes. In the paintings, the heads are shown as bigger in the foreground and the bodies smaller in the background. Bringing discomfort to the viewer, the figures look innocent but also wanting the attention of the viewer, through warm and pastel colors, that represent the purity of the bodies. In my latest work, I am focusing more on the high heels and the legs of the women, as they are seen as the etiquette of femininity.  The bodies look distorted, such as the filters on social media change the bodies, showing a different version of the person. 
Thinking of desire and innocence, the women are shown as objects of observation but also them looking at each other and at the viewer, creating a sense of discomfort. For my latest paintings, I took inspiration from the fashion world and brands like Mugler and Balmain, with elements of futurism and sci-fi. 
Thinking of stage and theatre, I made ceramic shoes, inspired by the Versace 80’s shoes, which represent a statement of the fashion scene and also of femininity, as presented by society. I added plinths with similar patterns like the shoes, so they match them perfectly.
 
BIO

Born 1997 in Romania

Lives & works in London, UK

 

EDUCATION

2022 MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2019 BA Painting & Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, USA

2018 BA Painting, Tufts University, MA, USA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022   What is Becoming Us, Rupturexibit Gallery, London, UK

           Royal College of Art “Degree Show”, London, UK

           Come One, Come All, The Function Suite Gallery, London, UK

2021   Coping in Colour, Rupturexibit Gallery, London, UK

           WIP- Work in Progress Show – Royal College of Art, London, UK

2020   Feast: Holiday Now Digital Holiday Zine, London, UK

           Colour Boom, Boomer Gallery, London, UK

           Virtual Senior Capstone Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond VA, USA

2015   Fortezza da Basso (selected for the 10th Edition of the Florence Biennale), Florence, Italy

 

 

INTERVIEW
Tell us about yourself. What is your background and where did you grow up? How have your life experiences shaped your work?
I was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I started drawing when I was in middle school and went on to painting in high-school. After 2 years of painting I applied to BFA’s in the United States. I did part of my BA at Tufts University and then graduated with a painting and printmaking degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, U.S. My work has been influenced by the classical approach to painting, as this was being taught in my country. It was influenced by rural areas of Romania, the narrow streets of Europe and portraiture. My work did not have a strict concept until I started my Master’s at the Royal College of Art in London, UK. I have developed my work alongside the research I had to do for my dissertation, which really helped me develop my concept.
 
Why did you become an artist and what has been your journey up to this point?
I have always been interested in art, first in drawing and later discovered I want to paint. I am interested in other areas of the art-world, such as film and fashion. These other disciplines can be seen in my paintings and sculptures. During my development in my practice, I realized painting is not limited to a square canvas, which helped me use my other interests in pushing my paintings further.
 
What is an average day in your studio like and what is your routine?
I usually go to my studio in the morning and spend all day there. Before starting a new piece, I either sketch on paper what I want to paint or paint directly onto the canvas.
 
What is your creative process?
Creative process: like the previous answer, I either start painting directly or sketch before. When painting, I work on multiple sides of the canvas at a time, in order to have a unity in brush strokes, colors and the overall composition. 
 
How do you choose a medium for your work? Do you prepare and plan or do you improvise and experiment?
I like to experiment in my work and not always have a plan. I always start with a plan but in the process of making the work I let loose.
 
Are your works conveying a message? Is there a narrative or a story to your work?
My practice started with an interest in surveillance. Bringing this into contemporary matters, I focus on beauty standards in women on social media, as they are the most affected by surveillance, control and invasion of privacy. Prominent elements in my work are distortion of the body, exaggerated perspectives, high heels and the legs of the women, as they are seen as the etiquette of femininity. The bodies look distorted, such as the filters on social media change the bodies, showing a different version of the person. Thinking of desire and innocence, the women are shown as objects of observation but also them looking at each other and at the viewer, creating a sense of discomfort. I also take inspiration from the fashion world and brands like Mugler and Balmain, with elements of futurism and sci-fi. 
 
Who and what are some of your greatest influences in both your life and as an artist?
As stated above, my work started with an interest in surveillance. After watching films that convey this message, such as “Rear Window” by Alfred Hitchcock and “The Conversation” By F. F. Coppola, I become more and more interested in the display of the discomfort of being watched through the lens. My work is very much influenced by the world of film, architecture and fashion. Although not all are apparent, I am always interested in the perspective, point of view and composition of each painting. Some artists that have influenced my style of work are Dora Maar, Chantal Joffe and from the fashion world the brands Balmain and Mugler.
 
Do you consider your work of art a creation or a discovery?
I consider it a creation.
 
 
EXHIBITIONS