ELENA PETEVA
My work is an allegorical representation of our contemporary individual and social states. What interests me most is our human duality and multi-faceted nature. I seek to capture the coexistence of vulnerability and power, uncertainty and conviction, depravity and elevation in one and the same individual and/or society. The figure or object in my images functions as an allegorical vehicle - a subtle but charged signifier for a suggested yet ultimately open-ended meaning. The outer becomes emblematic of the inner, whether the outer representation reveals my subject’s inner state and dissonance or my subject acts as a personification of an idea. The iconography, formal decisions, and drawing and painting processes are closely intertwined to create subtle, incomplete signs with cognitive, sensual and emotive power intended to draw in the viewer and invite her or his attempt for interpretation.