Iulia Jugaru

Are balta pește, 2023

acrilic pe pânză
150 x 320 cm

Recipe for a dose of hope

This recipe is suitable when we want to have a deep view of human contradictions, the star ingredient being the meaning of the old Romanian saying “Are balta pește” (Plenty of fish in the sea). It will reveal itself to be a bittersweet illusion suitable for any fan of absurdity.

1. A dose of confidence in yourself
2. A dash of ignorance
3. 4 spoons of “Nothing can bring you down, La vie en rose”
4. The certainty that there’s more fish in the sea
5. 2 half cups of faith in destiny
6. A teaspoon of ”Keep Trying”
7. A tip of ”What’s yours is set aside”
8. A pinch of “Don’t worry”
9. To taste: ”Live your life”
10. 100 g of ”Wake up to reality”
11. Repeat: as much as you like
12. 125 g of motivation to not lose hope

Preparation time: 3 hours
Cooking: 1 weekend
Serving: 1 serving
Calories: 0

Method of preparation: In the evening, we mix the ingredients until the desired composition of hope is reached, then pour the contents in the pan. We put the pan in the oven for about a weekend, during which we turn our attention to the subtleties of life and the unpredictability of human existence.

Chef’s tip: I remind you that the world is not always rosy and that our expectations can be far from reality, so if the recipe doesn’t work out for you the first time, try again! Failure should not be a source of discouragement, but rather an opportunity to maintain your optimism and always look for hope.