In 2019 two books dedicated to artists’ creative responses were published. I took part in the two admirable projects. For the first I chose my favourite quote by Leonora Carrington “Safety by any circumstances is an illusion”. My words were supported by image of one of my “Noah” series, a painting on six canvases.
In his postscript to The name of rose Umberto Eco argues that every story tells a story that has already been told by somebody else.. Artists often take on other works of art to start their new work. We “soak” the stories of places and people and create ours, which however await the right time to inspire other creative mind.
We are “walking avatars” of stories and experiences. The figurative paper painted cut-outs, created through the past ten years gradually have been piling up.They represent people with different stories, background, status of mind, keeping on walking and trying to survive through their complex journeys through life.
Collages, cut- outs and other works on paper: Fragile Balances
The unfinished line,the obscure drawing, the work in progress may speak loud and express the idea strongly than the finished work. My interest of creating stories with abstract relations,between magic and realism, brought two of my drawings to the Hundred Years Gallery show, As it stands: Muted Unfinished Unrefined.
Hundred Years Gallery,13 Pearson Str., London
I will be showing works on canvas and paper at #talentedAF2017.
They are created in the past two years and focus on human contacts and relationships,the journeys we make, and the stories we create.The figurative and abstract meet in a multilayered unreal world, based on familiar faces and neighbourhoods.
I am looking forward to the event! I hope everybody will enjoy the experience!
Abstract is arguably the opposite of figurative – when nothing reminds you of familiar objects; no referrals to bodies, faces,buildings, flowers, birds..
The above qualifies it as a merely impossible ground to play on, a fragile area to endure.
Even a simple line, vertical and thicker at the top,and thinner at the bottom end, brings associations of a human, passing at a distance. Add a dot, draw a tiny arch,a horizontal line..The narrative jumps on -sea shores, boats, lonely Noah, or Odysseus who is returning.
One of my drawings from the series “Motherhood” was exhibited in the group show ‘perspective of the figurative”, at 5th Base Gallery,Heneage St., in London, in May 2016.
“And yet it moves” Galileo Galilei- the early 17th century astronomer quote has been taken as a starting point for discussions, collaborations, exhibitions and various events to celebrate the creativity, experiment, the power of the open mind and the importance of questioning, thinking, being brave and having opinion.
The 2nd part of the exchange between artist from South East England with artists from South east of Italy will take place between 12.07 and 26.07. 2015.
With the musical, theatre events,and workshops, comes a large exhibition which will happen at St.Mery in the Castle, and at the Robertson street, Hastings.
Being one of the artists in residence I am looking forward to the project to start next week.
The small size mixed media drawings have been gradually finding their space in my practice. A few of them assembled themselves into the Day and Night series and were on display at the Keep, Reading, during the Open Studios OHOS members’ annual exhibition -” Desire lines”, May, 2015.The form of an artist’s book used to trace the artist’s working process may miss the infinity. The expressive drawing, with casual, easy going character of a note, allow the spontaneous use of any material -paper, cardboard, discarded drawing, old vinyls,found images.
Coloured paper and found images collage with acrylic and oil finish, 96/96 cm, exhibited at the Fleet Gallery,St.Leonards-on -sea, E. Sussex, May-April, 2015. The multi-layered work on stretched canvas was on display at Patrick’s gallery for a month, as part of my one-man show there.
With great thanks to the host for the amazing time and the opportunity.
25 January 2014
Ivilina Kouneva; fleeting figures and the observer effect
Scientifically, the words ‘observer effect’ may refer to several different phenomena, but in general refers to changes in an observed system brought about by the act of observation. I like to imagine to myself that in some way the figures in Ivilina’s works are fleeting, subject to their own form of observer effect…
|‘In Between Realities’|
…Or perhaps the act of observing them changes our perception.
“The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.” – Bertrand Russell
|‘Through places and spaces I’|
Art copies life, life copies art, and eternity peeks in between them. Realising that, in the end, the places we have visited will never be the same, but will continue to exist as illusionary worlds in us.
I think there is no ‘bad’ artwork, but only boring.
I believe creativity is the greatest blessing and, when we paint, draw, build, install, sculpt or join pieces of paper together, we recreate the world again, and again…
My Works: They tell stories. Sometimes one may need time to decode them. Different layers inspired by real and unreal and created with imagination comprise the fragile balances of the complicated compositions. What does better represent the world we live in than fragile and changeable? My works are about the adventures we undertake, the invisible doors we open, the stories we create and the emotional reconnection of the environment with our feelings and experience.
Process of working: Paste it don’t bin it, please. Discarded drawings and paintings, as long as they provoke new ideas and compositions are always welcomed. I usually build a colourful and rich background with different textures. I may use hand pulled mono prints, scratches, graffiti type of images, fresco techniques till gradually a figure or an object emerges. The variety of techniques and the “rough” collage texture give an inevitable sense of the contemporary 21st century world –more representational than any realistic copy.
Light and Space: Whatever I draw or paint, I always “chase” the Light. The Glorious light which deconstruct the objects and shape new spaces.
Colour: When I was 5, I was told by my firs Art teacher at my first Art courses, that I may paint the hair red and the face green as long as I see the person this way. That is how a very young expressionist was born. Much later, in the university, in the painting department of the Fine Arts Faculty I learned how to “sculpture” objects and figures with colour. However, I have always kept my strong urge to add “my touch” and splash more colour to the traditional etude. After four years of devoted everyday live painting and drawing when we explored to death every opportunity of the lying sitting and standing figure I moved away. I gradually built my own style – a truly good student of my first teacher, a really creative artist.