“Ioana Sisea transforms the familiar into the uncanny, convention into immanence, static systems of meaning into dynamic ones and vice-versa. Focusing on the socio-symbolic relations between the artistic object, the artist and the viewer, her artistic practice is medium agnostic. She embraces the freedom to approach various visual media, such as drawing, sculpture, ceramics, installation and video, and different styles and art genres according to their impact on the spectator’s perception. Her works give way to subtle inversions, complex alignments and changes of position between the object and the subject, in a genuine game in which the viewer becomes voyeur, therapist and patient.”

 Hedonism: The permission to experience it, the difference between experiencing it in regimented and un-regimented ways, and the premise of its attainability

“I have been particularly interested in the intersection points between capitalism-induced desire, materialism, sensation, theoretical movements, social mores, religious beliefs and moral values; how we make judgements about the types of pleasure available to us and how those judgements affect the way we seek or eschew Hedonism in our lives.

I feel surrounded by calls to pleasure and vignettes of people experiencing it but I have no idea about the actual sensation of the experience being promoted: How does it feel to be famous? How does it feel to be dressed in Mugler? How does it feel to be a “bad bitch”? Are these the things that would actually give me pleasure or is the pleasure just in the attainment of the difficult to attain and the social superiority it delivers?

I have been working in ceramics as a medium for the three dimensional physicalisation of the incessant stream of hedonism I receive from the media. The moulding of the statues allows me to mediate my imagined version of the portrayed event into a new physical being.

I can explore the possible feeling of the subject at that moment and create a new objectification of them, reclaiming their allure for myself. I can transform myself from an un-satiated victim into the owner of multiple possibilities of Hedonism and experience.

The body is my main focus and I have chosen to sculpt with stoneware due to the softness and fluidity of shape that can be attained with it. The depicted images and characters do not hold any resistance to what is happening to them, they seem to enjoy being there, showing off and being looked at. I have decided to use transparent glaze without any colour underneath to give the bodies a nakedness and only emphasise with colour certain material objects held or worn by the figures. With this combination I am looking to combine two types of allure, the capitalist desire generated by the objects and the sexual desire generated by the bodies.”

Ioana Sisea (b. 1988)

PHD studies at the University of the Arts, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art London, UK

BA and MA in drawing at the National University of Arts Bucharest, Romania / 2013

Selected exhibitions:


UPCOMING - Kunsthalle Bega - Harvest Time - 2.09.2022

MNTR+C – “Draw me like one of your french girls…” – 05.2021 – Bucharest, RO

Cazul 101 Gallery – “Who’s afraid of birds?” – 09.2019 – Bucharest, RO

Jecza Gallery – “We are both to blame but it’s more your fault” – 07.2019 – Timișoara, RO

Diehl  Gallery  at Night – 04.2019 – Berlin, DE 

Atelier 35 - “Reputation matters” – 03.2019 – Bucharest, RO

Diehl Gallery – “We are both to blame but it’s more your fault” – 12.2017 – Berlin, DE


UPCOMING - PAV Sibiu - 26.06.2022

UPCOMING - Final Show At Royal College of Art London 27.06.2022

Zina Gallery - “CRASH” – 20.05.2022 – Cluj- Napoca, RO

Bubble’n’squeak - “Electric Crossroads” – 05.06.2021 – Brussels, BE

OP Enheim – “Every truth has four corners” – 03.2021 – Wroclaw,  PL

Royal College of Art – “WIP” – 01.2021 – London, Uk

National Museum of Contemporary Art – “După doisprezece ani. Producția artistică din România în 180 de lucrări.” – 12.2020 – Bucharest, RO

Magma Gallery – “Future Perfect #1” – 10.2020 – Sf. Gheorghe, RO

Sandwich Gallery – “Double Decker”– 08.2020 – Bucharest, RO

Art Museum Cluj-Napoca  – “RE:START” – 05.2019 – RO
Mogoșoaia Museum – “Aqua Alta” – 05.2019 – Bucharest, RO

Art Museum Cluj-Napoca  – “Blind date” – 2018  –  RO
Ron Arad's curtain call at The Round House  –  2016 – London, UK

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