‘The Seer’ by Simona Ruscheva
Artist: Simona Ruscheva
Title: ‘The Seer’
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 39.4″ x 31.5″
Year of Creation: 2021
Artwork Will Ship From: UK
About the Artwork:
“The work is inspired by Bulgarian folklore and magic.
The eagle is one of the main symbols in Bulgarian mythology and folklore. It is considered the lord of the skies and a mediator between the Upper and Lower Earth, thus consisting of both opposite beginnings – chthonic and celestial.
He is also considered an important part of shamanism and is even considered the first even shaman in some cultures. The cult toward the eagle is wide spread across many ancient cultures and shamanism as a form of religious practice.
One of the rituals called “kamlanie” is specifically linked to the eagle, as the soul of the shaman transfers to him and then soars the spirit world.” – Simona Ruscheva
About the Artist:
My name is Simona Ruscheva. I graduated Fine Art Painting in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. I am currently living and working in London, UK
I had my first solo show “The source” in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2018. I have also participated in various group shows across London, including Royal Institute of British Artists Annual exhibition, where my work was Highly Commended by the De Laszlo Foundation, and Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition. I have been shortlisted for Artrooms Awards in 2019. I recently became a member of ArtCan artists organization.
I am a contemporary figurative artist, based in London, UK. Being an immigrant has a huge influence on my work, as my way of staying connected to my culture is directly through my works. I explore various subjects from Bulgarian folklore and heritage, using very traditional elements and objects, such as embroidery and pottery designs, with mythological themes and universal symbols. I implement and transform ideas from different rituals and fables to create a contemporary interpretation of my culture, emphasising on the mystical and esoteric aspect of it.
With my works I want to strengthen and expand people`s awareness of the still existing cultural diversity in a current world setting, where globalisation is the new trend. With ethnicity being melted down, I consider it really important to acknowledge and preserve our own heritage.