27 August – 02 September 2018, OHOS, The Brock Keep space, Reading, UK
The title for the exhibition was taken from the quote below: “Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.”―Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose
I invited the visual artist Sharon Haward to join and respond together to the theme. We were pleased to record great interest and we enjoyed lovely conversations during the show. Sharon’s work, with her site specific objects, draperies and video installation, added another dimension to the show, and at the end, our work was easy “to read” together.
For me, the journey towards this show has started in 2010, with another project, another artist (Teodora Nitsolova), under different sky. It is in Crusade: In -between realities, where walking female figures started appearing in my work, playing with diverse origin, colours and textures.
I took on wide range of legends, works of Art and books, using themes and pin up images, stored in our collective memory. Together with body of paintings, I created large number of figurative paper cut-outs for the horizontal composition, inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry. The installation of up cycled, and hand made objects (Way to tell stories) refer to works of other artists but is also meant to tell stories of secret desires, interrupted dreams, stolen happiness. The body of painting and the collages on show, mostly created in the past 2 years, layer my new personal narratives over the myth of Noah and other stories.