‘Galactic II’ by Simona Ruscheva
Artist: Simona Ruscheva
Title: ‘Galactic II’
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 19.6″ x 19.6″
Framing: Framed (frame size: 20.6″ x 20.6″)
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
“This work continues the visual aesthetics of my Fire series with a strong chartreuse yellow/green underpainting with warm glazes, revealing deep burning hues of background flames. A reminisce of a fire bird and the life cycle, birth, death and again re-birth, is a focal point in the series.
It is also a continuation of my ‘Galactic’ work and explores further the subject of us as galactic beings, currently situated in this world. We all possess the ability to see beyond the physical matter if we turn to ourselves and see our inner universe. I am using a glittery and textured black paint for the structures behind the body, which remind me of galaxy gateway.
The focal point of the work is centralized head piece with multiple gold coins and gold as the predominant colour throughout the painting, symbolising the energy of the gold itself and the third eye.
For this work I am using traditional Bulgarian motives, fused with elements from different cultures. The geometric design around the background is inspired by a folk costume from North Macedonia, which again symbolizes multiple incarnations.” – 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.