On Oath, Mixed media on paper and muslin, 60 x 120 inches, 2014
I became a U.S. citizen during my last semester of university. Despite becoming a “dual citizen” and retaining my Romanian passport, the U.S. Naturalization Oath includes renouncing allegiances to all other entities. Through a range of processes and materials, I preserve and broadcast links to the cultures of my upbringing and birthplace. I confront the confusion of identity-duality by working with materials and subjects that allow me to honor my attachment to both places. In my work, I incorporate a developing index of symbols, color palettes formed from both flag colors and summers spent in Romania, and the traditional embroidery patterns that I grew up with in Texas and Romania.