This painting depicts a person sitting alone beside a pool overgrown with plants. The juxtaposition of these two elements evokes both the domesticated and the wild. This work is part of a series by the artist that depicts quotidian scenes of pensive withdrawal in the modern social era.
Bercea's work reflects on the changing and uncertain global horizons following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc and the end of the Cold War—lending particular focus to the generations of Romanians born after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Reflecting the uncertainty of regime change, the artist's paintings examine the contours of social life as they move away from the idealism of the older generations and toward a wary, disillusioned integration of global capitalism and Western ideology. Bercea’s work is an ongoing conversation with previous painting traditions that have also explored changing social spheres, sharpening the artist's poignant testimonials of the currently ongoing generational shift.
Marius Bercea's paintings and portraits explore the uncertainty of regime change. Layered with careful symbolism, the artist’s works employ rich textiles, vivid pattern fragments and other elements of early modern composition—all part of an ongoing conversation with painting traditions that explore the changing social sphere. Bercea’s work is a striking reflection on the shifting social fabric in the aftermath of the Cold War, particularly for the generations of Romanians born after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc.