Bachelor and Master of Arts at the University of Bucharest, Romania, the artist Florentina Otari creates abstract paintings with strictly delimited geometric and minimalist fields of color which inspire a sense of order, stability and contemplative repose.
I have always been attracted to solutions that embody simplicity as a path towards the quintessence of things.
In my works, embracing the principle of “less is more”, I have found the expression leading to simplification of form and design, getting inspiration from the almost abstract geometric shapes of urban space, from the geometry of its modern architecture.
Straight lines and edges can create images of extreme simplicity.
I have converted and synthesized compositions where repetitive geometric shapes alternate with quiet areas that suggest order and calmness. To the same end, I have used a limited palette of colors or even monochrome. By chiaroscuro, volume and tonal value, I aim to create depth and produce the illusion of space on the two-dimensional canvas.
I would say that my painting is about contemplation – contemplation induced by structures and patterns that create for the visual mind points of interest in the same way a mandala or a yantra creates for a meditating person.
Somehow, my painting aligns with my inner search.
Just as when working with myself I try to get rid of everything that is not absolutely necessary, leaving room for clarity of the mind – a necessary condition to achieve the essence –, my paintings are “cleaned up”, simplified, reduced to their fundamental parts, reflecting the belief that beyond the apparent chaos there is order.