Oana Stanciu's practice involves photography and moving image in which she uses herself and different objects to create surreal and subtly distorted self-portraits. As a student, Oana began experimenting with alter-egos and this has informed much of her work since, in which she tries to embody unusual characters and creatures that question the viewer’s expectations. Her work features black-and-white photographs, sometimes accompanied by videos to help bring these characters to life. In 2019 while on a residency funded by the Royal Scottish Academy, she began experimenting with sculpture and ceramics, building specific objects and costumes to use in her work.
These images are part of a larger series of self-portraits called ‘Searamics’, a project that I started developing in 2019 during an RSA funded residency at An Talla Solais, Ullapool, and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. During the residency I experimented for the first time with sculpture and ceramics and searched for ways of incorporating these new mediums into my practice. The resulting images are inspired by the sea and sea creatures and feature the ceramic objects made in the residency.