Stasja Voluti is a lens-based multi-media visual artist, a writer of images, and a photographer of words. She believes that art can be many things, but that it always is the viewer who has the last word. Her sensualist and poetic approach in her work covers a wide range of subjects including loss and isolation, illness, (perception of) the feminine, and anything else that pertains to the human condition.
Stasja's work has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands, and Italy, and is held in private collections worldwide. Of mixed heritage, she spent her formative years in the lowlands of Holland. Her wanderlust led her to many countries and far away places, and finally to Canada's British Columbia where she currently resides.
You can read a bit more about her work here: Surrealism in Text and Image: A Conversation
What excites and moves me:
The work of: Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann, Robert Desnos, The Quay Brothers, Fellini, Paul Strand, Tina Modotti, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Imogen Cunningham, Dare Wright, Leonor Fini, Hans Bellmer, Wally Elenbaas, and many more. I love: beauty in art, art that upsets, art that is unapologetic, empathy, sensibility and sensitivity, pine trees, passion, sensualism, intelligence, going against the norm, beating the odds.
And I don’t like clowns or “les gens qui conneries” . . .
March 13th, 2018
Short renewed Artist Statement
In the past 30 years I have never created art with commercial success or prosperity in mind. My work has always been more about exploring deeply personal issues that I hoped would resonate with some viewers.
Social media has been for many years a tool for me to connect with other artists and to showcase my work. More and more though social media has lost its appeal to me. The reasons for that are complex and partly personal, but have also evolved around an increasing and alarming sense of how unsafe in many ways the online world is to the vulnerable; how it affects how we relate to each other; and how I have come to believe it can negatively impact our sense of self and other. The irony perhaps is that my work has always evolved around similar issues, yet that the medium that I have used to share my work for more than a decade seems to be instrumental in worsening them.
Recent events in my personal life have contributed to the decision to continue on a different path. I still greatly and passionately care about art, but I prefer now to help - and work for - other artists. I am thankful for the wonderful people with whom I have connected through artist and writer networks and who have been supportive of me and my work. As an artist and private person I will no longer be active though online in any capacity, and I will no longer maintain a profile on social media.