silver, silk, recycled postcard, graffiti


May 2019 - Autor Bucharest (Public's award)
Mar 2023 - Romanian National Literature Museum


Ioana Cristina Casapu, Mihaela Caravan


Ira Efremova

This collection gathers the sentiments we sometimes choose to not feel, in order to spare ourselves the discomfort of sitting with them: pain, fear, anger, grief, anxieties and worries. But in choosing to avoid discomfort, we, instead, avoid discovery of new possibilities in ourselves.

When we choose to be vulnerable, we make a conscious act of kindness and love towards ourselves. We don’t deny ourselves the intrinsic value of feeling whatever we may feel, no matter how inadequate, clumsy or difficult we think that may seem. We choose to graciously support and nurture ourselves, with awareness and plenitude, and in doing so we give ourselves the most precious heads-up: learning to experience and integrate our emotions fully.

Learning to be vulnerable was a daunting task when I began this journey both as an artist and a human. It’s still a challenging place, but in this challenge I have learned many faces of empathy, gratitude, creativity and ultimately growth.

Vulnerability has set me free to embody differences and difficulties into my art. It has given me the safe space to manifest my peculiarities and transform challenging emotions into a work that carries both strength and sensibility. Because both are faces of the same coin, and both are perfectly natural. Both are enough and both are ok.

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