Working mostly under the radar screen of the repressive regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu and largely cut off by time and geography by the Iron Curtain, Romanian artist Geta Brătescu, nevertheless managed to develop an extraordinarily encyclopedic art practice. Isolated from the major Western art historical currents that shaped Europe and the US after the Second World War, Brătescu concentrated her practice around the materials and limitations that her studio could afford. Photography, film, performance, and textile work are the underpinnings for her explorations into mental processes around the human condition, femininity, motherhood and sexuality which she pursues with an unflinchingly methodical and deeply intellectual approach. At times meditative, other times playful and humorous, Brătescu painstakingly peels back the deepest layers of subconscious cognizance and exposes not only hypocrisy and selfishness but also altruism, charity and a deep yearning for harmony.  An exhibition of Brătescu’s work that gyrates around the philosophical texts of the Greek writer Aesop is currently on view at Hauser & Wirth through December 23