Interview: Ekaterina Eneva
Luca Curci talks with Ekaterina Eneva during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021, held in Barcelona, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Ekaterina Eneva is a painter who takes us to the unknown. She is a creative multifaceted painter, and her style is unified by internal integrity. She is more of a poet-painter who requires dedicated mind-frame and insight. In recent years, she became known for her paintings by translating her knowledge and sensitivity into synthetic imagery of painting. Her oil and tempera paintings mirror no reality but rather an expression of her notion of internal beauty. Eneva graduated painting at the National School of Fine Arts in Sofia and scenography at the National Academy of Arts.
She is a notable Bulgarian artist known for both her paintings and scenography. She has worked with famous Bulgarian and foreign directors. Her art works can be recognized in over 150 performances – exhibitions, theatre, opera and ballet in Europe, Asia and USA. For her paintings and scenographies she has won numerous awards. Her artworks can be found and are owned by collectors and art galleries in many countries all over the world.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Ekaterina Eneva – Art is a way to express your inner world and connect it through time! Art brings ideas, challenges our thoughts on other levels, but most of all transmits energy. This is the connection with the world around us and with the universe, which opens a window to Gauguin’s question: “Where do we come from, who are we and where are we going?”
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
EE – I worked both as a painter and set designer, which influenced my stile and concept of art. A strong motive for my work was also the time in which I lived. There were times in the history of Eastern Europe when it was difficult for artists to create freely, to preserve the spirit of freedom and immediacy in art. But this time is also a very strong engine for young artists. To break and go beyond the limitation of your time. The idea that we are spiritual beings and energy is everywhere, was very important for me. The world is energy and art radiates energy.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
EE – When an artist really wants to express himself, when he carries various thoughts and ideas, then it is best to grab the brush and stand in front of the canvas. One spot can lead the artist. Then it captivates you, a new thought arises from it, then another and you go down after them and here is a little more, and more, and finally the picture is ready, painted in some unconsciousness. As the writers say – the senses open for a moment, for a second only in insight.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
EE – Being an artist today is both a challenge and a new opportunity. The great artists of the Renaissance challenged their time and now it is our turn. It is really important that the aesthetics that today’s artists offer to people who meet art, how these people feel and understand it. Because now the means of expression are constantly expanding and the audience has more open perceptions of art.
LC- Did your style change over the years? In which way?
EE – As a student I adored El Greco. On a previous level of my creation my style interacted with my work as a stage designer. As art critics have stated, my abstract paintings became both multi-layered, containing depth of artistic expression and idea.
In some cases, there is a certain visual code to trace the meaning but then, there are autonomous abstractions speaking the language of parables. Thus, the sanctum sanctorum and the innermost secrets of my messages acquire that level of communication which turns them both alluring and enticing.
I am very much interested in light, not the one from the sun, but the one that we want to find and reach, the one that sometimes is difficult to feel and explain. A bit like music. What matters is what lies behind things. In order not to be a chronicler of today, we must go beyond things.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
EE – The concept corresponds perfectly to the modern dynamics and movement of the society in which we live. I am also convinced how valuable and important it is nowadays to preserve the live communication between the artists and their audience.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
EE – My paintings are mostly related to the abstract idea of FUTURE LANDSCAPES. How far can the limits of the mind go with its infinite expansion in our modern world. At what level today is the connection of people with the environment that surrounds them, on earth and in the city. The picture is a conversation with the viewer. Everyone discovers something different – joy, sadness, delight. Everyone takes something with himself.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
EE – Definitely yes! It is a great opportunity for artists to present their works and Ideas. And not only. ITSLIQUID GROUP is an opportunity for artists to meet and exchange experience, to measure their movement as authors in contemporary art.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
EE – Thank you for the invitation of ITSLIQUID GROUP. It was a great pleasure to participate in Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair 2021 and to connect and share the sense of art with each other. The work of the whole team and their support for every step of the organization of the art fair was perfect.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
EE – The ITSLIQUID Platform is great because it is multifunctional, creating an opportunities for the art people to participate with their art at different stages and levels in numerous events during different periods. This motivates the artists for a long-term work and dynamics in the relationship with the ITSLIQUID Platform.