Dimitrina Sevova, Swiss-Bulgarian artist. Holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts ZHdK, Zurich, a MAS Curating from the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts of ZHdK, and a Master of Fine Arts from the National Academy of Art, Sofia, in the painting class of Prof. Andrei Daniel.
As a young artist in Bulgaria, despite her beginnings as a painter, she represented a new generation of artists working with new media, video and installation art, exhibiting locally and internationally. After some years dedicated to independent curatorial practices and exhibition projects, she reclaimed her artist studio practices, with a primary focus on sculpture and installation art.
I experiment with different stages of clay, the fragility of the material, and explore how it takes concrete and embodied forms from handbuilt or cast ceramic or porcelain objects and vessels to sculptures of unfired clay. Like in alchemy, working with this material needs a mutual affinity in which creativity and the plasticity and resistance inherent to the material incorporate chance and process in my work. The objects and art works are displayed in various re-configurations, assemblages and site-specific installations and contextually oriented projects. I employ in addition various media, from found objects, photography or video to space and time coordinates informed by play, game and technological dispositives. My work actively relies on research and at the same time reflects ongoing events. I draw on scientific realism with its objective reality, which I translate through imagination into the objects’ performative, subjective, and spatial states. The works navigate between two systems, on the one hand, the representational models and figurative illusions and fiction, and on the other, the abstract, immaterial, invisible and performative qualities of matter and reality itself, scaling between micro and macro, capturing a mysterious manifestation of natural and technological magic in the dark underscore of poetic ecologies and earthly muds.
The motto of my practices is: deskill craft, re-skill art to reconnect thinking with making.
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