Hope. Freedom. Resolution. Love. Light. Dark. Despair. Life. These are the things, the emotions, the sensations that guide my existence, the key elements of my creative process. My artworks depict the despair that forms into my innermost being, those fights to come to the surface, my desire to be heard and listened. Thus, I am digging for them in the deepest pots, hoping to find comfort, answers, to find my voice and myself. Hope is a prominent element in my work, an element that can be seen only if it is abandoned in the visually perspective of the image, hence it is more than what meets the eye. Hope is more than a concept, it is part of a subsequent level of the work. Therefore, my work talks about desperation, anxiety, lostness, about the dimness of the light but also about the ability to regain the light. Thus, by hiding and veiling the figures` faces, I want to evoke almost a carnival scenario. I wish for the spectators to experience my paintings the way they experience a circus spectacle. I desire for whoever encounters my artwork to explore the odd, the ugly, the fantastic, the excitement of the unknown and of the “deep blue see” of my world. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I invite you to spectate at my “performance”. // I am a 23-year-old, art student from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania, from UAD (University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca). I have a BA degree in painting and currently I am studying for my MA degree in the very same field. I proclaimed myself a young artist, who certainly has a lot to experience and a lot knowledge to provide for my artistic career, yet I am one who has a lot to shout out into the world. In the end, I want to say that my artistic journey is still at the very beginning, but I am dedicated to find my true self throughout art. I fancy the idea of sharing and showing my dirty laundries, my ups and downs with the public and this is exactly what I am pursue doing. Hence, this is me, Dalia Utiu, a tormented soul who needs to escape. Enjoy the ride with me.