Ioana Dragomir is an interdisciplinary artist born in Romania and currently living in London, Ontario on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron (Neutral), and Wendat peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Ioana is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Honours BA Fine Arts Studio Practice with a minor in Computer Science. Her practice and inclination toward the archive is strongly informed by her position working in libraries .
She is interested in the act of close reading, both of literature and personal experience. Referencing Jeanette Winterson’s writing on holes, she creates work that contains spaces into which a viewer may insert themselves. If writing is an act of reduction, reading and viewing can be acts of magnification. A reading of a text says as much about the interpreter as it does about the text itself. Reading thus becomes a self portrait, and a metaphor is a mirror in which the writer hopes each reader will see themselves.
How do we account for absence? We fill holes every time we read, but what happens when a text is mostly negative space? When do we become the authors of a work?