providing magical items , lucky charms, sanctuary tools for fairies , magicians and starseeds.
b. 1985, Arad
Linda Barkasz aka Nuclearfairy is a street artist, painter and illustrator who studied fine arts Timisoara. She now lives in Arad and is part of the eclectic artistic group Biserika.
Linda Barkasz is the author of the controversial object-trouvé that rose to infamy in the Romanian media under the name The Pink Pony [aka Poneiul Roz]. The manipulated media outrage portrayed her as an artist following extremist ideologies. Barkasz is far from being a right-wing dystopian, on the contrary, her life and her art attempt to follow harmony and human enlightenment.
Her seemingly naive flat depictions hide a multitude of spiritual and philosophical messages. To apprehend her works, one has to know that the artist does never make use of symbolism lightly. Every animal, every plant, every color, every repetition and connection to numerology are meant to transfer her messages.
Symbolism being at the center of her works, she changes the energy of one element by combining it with another, like a symbolic chemist. For example she obtains a “protective and guiding” artwork by combining the nurturing “pink” with the “cunning” fox. In most of her works, she places great importance in the relationship man has with nature and nature’s potential for healing and guidance.
It may seem that she creates her own set of semantics, however the elements she uses are often extensively researched for their historical and mythological meanings. She is thus interested in storytelling, fairy tales and folklore, and the social importance they carried in explaining the meaning of life. Nonetheless, she is bound to the present as her works have a postmodern aesthetic appeal and give a first impression of contemporaneity, and intended tongue-in-cheek humor.
She seems to construct a childhood world of fantasy, whereas her messages pertain to a deeply serious sphere where sexual energies, spirituality, cosmic equilibrium, death and renewal are discussed. She avoids to use the human form in order to paradoxically talk about the human experience as she sees it.
I like to call her an esoteric postmodern, but she likes to call herself a nuclear fairy. Precisely because she is constantly playing with contradictions, she chose Nuclearfairy as her street artist name. She chose to represent herself as a combination between the potentially devastating power of science and the potentially illuminating power of myths. She represents the artist as a fairy with the power to transform herself to the point of transforming her inner biology through art. Hence her signature is a magical wand, the symbol of infinite potential transformation.
Upon closer inspection, one can start to decipher the ramifications of her desire to make contradictory forces become purity in their collision. Furthermore, sensibilities lie far beyond time and space as most of us understand it:
« My works are a state of mind, or the self-awareness of a moment, of a sentiment. »
(text by Elvira Lupsa, based on conversations with the artist)