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Finale Participating Artist

Stela Vasileva, Sofia

Stela Vasileva (b.1983) lives and works in Sofia. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia with a major in Mural Painting. She won the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award (2010), Nominations for the BAZA Award for Contemporary Art (2013-2015) as well as various residences including KulturKontakt, Vienna, Austria (2012), Krinzinger Projekte, Petomihalyfa, Hungary – Vienna (2012), Cité Internationale des arts, Paris, France (2014).

Stela Vasileva participated in numerous group exhibitions and projects some of which: State of Apparition, Aether Gallery, Hague, Holland (2019); Shifting Layers/Young Art at the Museum, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia (2017); Process in Progress, Bäckerstrasse 4 - Plattform für junge Kunst, Vienna, Austria (2015); Focus Bulgaria, ViennaContemporary, Vienna, Austria (2015) and others.

Among her solo appearances are: Signs of Sound, +359 Gallery, Sofia and Cultural Center The Palace, Balchik (2018/2017); Tunnel, underpass of metro station Vardar (2017); Under Construction, Contemporary Space Gallery, Varna (2015); 5 Boxes, The Fridge, Sofia (2015); Work and Leisure, Un Cabinet D’Amateur Gallery, Sofia (2014) and others.

Stela Vasileva works in the area of the object, the installation and the drawing. She explores the form, the objects in space, with the main attempt to unload the objects of any superfluous elements, while also putting it out of the context of its concrete (ordinary) environment. In doing so, she often erases the boundaries of real space.

Email: stela.vasilev@gmail.com
Website: www.stelavasileva.com


Stela Vasileva
Photo: Yana Lozeva

Exercise II (series of six drawings)
2019, watercolor on photo paper, 70 x 90 cm

Structure of Light
2019, object, 10 pieces acrylic plastic with mirror coating, wood, dimensions variable

Experiment with light, reflections and refractions.

The work consists of three main components mirror, reflection and refractions. I am interested in light as a means of transforming and generating new forms in space, by using mirrors, reflections and shadows on the nearby surfaces that are formed. In this way new volumes are created by (solar) light, reminiscent of a structure of geometric / architectural lines. These illusory combinations are a kind of experiment of our perceptions of reality.