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Vesselina Traptcheva
updated: 01/02/2013
website: www.vesselinatraptcheva.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Sphere 3, Fear
Sphere 4, Tenderness
Sphere 2, Winter
Sphere 5, Curious
Sphere 1, Fair
Sphere 8, Gaze
Sphere 6, Desire
Sphere 7, Pain
The Armchair
The Kiss
Fig, detail (trunk w/fresh surgery)
Game
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, erotic, figurative, psychological, surreal
 
 
Sphere 3, Fear by Vesselina Traptcheva
Sphere 3, Fear
Egg tempera on paper
2009
14" " x  17.5" " 
Sphere 4, Tenderness	 by Vesselina Traptcheva
Sphere 4, Tenderness
Egg tempera on paper
2009
14 " x  17.5 " 
Sphere 2, Winter by Vesselina Traptcheva
Sphere 2, Winter
Egg tempera on paper
2009
14 " x  17.5 " 
Sphere 5, Curious by Vesselina Traptcheva
Sphere 5, Curious
Egg tempera on paper
2009
14 " x  17.5 " 
Sphere 1, Fair	 by Vesselina Traptcheva
Sphere 1, Fair
Egg tempera on paper
2009
14 " x  17.5 " 
Sphere 8, Gaze by Vesselina Traptcheva
Sphere 8, Gaze
Egg tempera on paper
2009
14 " x  14.5 " 
Sphere 6, Desire by Vesselina Traptcheva
Sphere 6, Desire
Egg tempera on paper
2006
14 " x  15 " 
Sphere 7, Pain	 by Vesselina Traptcheva
Sphere 7, Pain
Egg tempera on paper
2009
12.5 " x  14 " 
The Armchair by Vesselina Traptcheva
The Armchair
Egg tempera & graphite on paper
2008
28 " x  36 " 
The Kiss by Vesselina Traptcheva
The Kiss
Egg tempera & graphite on paper
2008
36 " x  42 " 
Fig, detail (trunk w/fresh surgery) by Vesselina Traptcheva
Fig, detail (trunk w/fresh surgery)
Egg tempera & graphite on paper
2008
36 " x  42 " 
Game by Vesselina Traptcheva
Game
Egg tempera & graphite on paper
2008
28 " x  36 " 

Artist Statement


    In Dreamlands and Horror States, I am interested in depicting states of mind through “creating” living structures. The Dreamlands and Horror States are spheres made of human flesh with senses and functioning within themselves. The human flesh is fragmented, abstracted, fused together into a ball, a cluster of cells; thinking and feeling tissue that multiplies, thrives, survives, attacks itself and deteriorates all in one.
    Dreamlands reflect utopian states, ideal worlds, and beautifully-functioning structures in perfect harmony. At the same time, there are hints towards an under-layer of stagnancy and lack of development. I am interested in exploring the thin line between harmony and horror, how one is a hair away from the other. The States of Horror explore dystopian states, uneasy structures of dysfunctional relationships to others, and mostly to oneself. I am interested in shifts of form, in form misplaced or depicted as functioning in an unexpected way.
   

In the drawings of pubescent girls, I investigate the process of remembering. The drawings are portraits merging past and present of the same person. They try to capture a journey backwards in time that the main character, the woman, is taking, as well as the dreams and turbulence of that same character in her youth. The drawings trick the eye into belief in a sadness over the loss of innocence, but reflect on the limits of memory.

Artist Bio / CV
Awards, Scholarships and Residencies:
2003        Yaddo Fellowship, Yaddo
2002        Skowhegan Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2002        Jean and Don Rorke Award, 53rd Art of the Northeast competition, Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, CT
2002        Honorable Mentions, 4th Annual Small Works Exhibition, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA
2000        New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, MFA edition
1997        Malcom Curtis Propes Graduate Fellowship, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
1993        Francis Larkin McCommon Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design
1992        1st Prize for Printmaking, International “Youth Meets Europe Competition”, Venice, Italy
1992        Special Prize for Printmaking, National H.S. for Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
1991        International Art Travel Award, Bath, England
1986        International  Youth Art Residency Award, Rostock, Germany
1983        Silver Medal, Shankar International Young Artist Competition, Deli, India
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009        Engineering Eden Exhibition, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
2008        20X20, Gallery 8, Varna, Bulgaria
2007        Radius Exhibition, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
2007        Wrap It Up Exhibition, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
2003        Westchester Arts Council Open Studios Invitational-The Drawing Show, White Plains, NY
2002        Censored Works Show, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002        4th Annual Small Works Exhibition, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA
2002        53rd Art of the Northeast Exhibition, Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, CT
2002        Herstory National Art Competition,Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008        Drawings, Gallery Teo, Varna, Bulgaria
Education
2000        Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1998        Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
1993-96    National Academy for Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria, Advanced study in Printmaking