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Exhibition Wabi – Sabi by Elena Stojanova

LPE: March 05 – 12, 2007

Exhibition Wabi – Sabi by Elena Stojanova

Under the artistic influence of the Far East, my persona, intuitive vision in the prints harmonizes the traditional and the contemporary. Drawn by eastern philosophy, I created pieces with a Zen core and a contemporary iconography. I felt the way Zen Buddhism breaks through man’s artificiality and embraces what lies beyond very familiar.

Identifying with the sensibility of Japanese culture, I began exploring and experimenting with that which makes their visual world so special. It is a matter of detecting the transcendental singleness among the multitude known as Wabi. Wabi stands for poverty – independence from the enforced values of material wealth and power – but with the sense of something of utmost worth, beyond time and social status: simplicity, purity. That is the essence of Wabi. The single-angled style of painting, thrifty with the brush moves, and the quick and energetic arm response contribute in producing the sense of separateness from conventional rules. Obviously, beauty need not entail perfection of form.

When this beauty of imperfection is followed by ancient, primitive ineptness, the Sabi shines through. Sabi consist of rustic unpretentiousness or archaic imperfection: obvious simplicity.

This wisdom, which mankind carried through time, has appeared in various forms in various places:  diverse colouring in diverse times. My work bears the colours of this time, which is also an essential element in the Wabi - Sabi cycle and completes the circle, merging tradition with modernity. My pieces aim to further my knowledge on human experience by means of aesthetic and spiritual research.

Elena Stojanova

Elena Stojanova (1982) graduated in Graphic Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje, in the class of Prof. Mirko Vujisic. She refines urban areas with painted walls and creates prints with which she has taken part in many international selective exhibitions of graphic art and has received the Dragutin Avramovski-Gute award for best print by the Faculty of Fine Arts – Skopje, and the diploma from the XXIII Concorso internazionale di Pomero in Milan, Italy. Her artworks are published in the Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents world anthology.
 Her interests as a young artist vary in her choice of ideas as well as in the means she uses to express them in the medium of her preference. In her current exhibition of graphic works she incorporates her personal preoccupation with the cultures from the Far East, as her motivation and inspiration, but conveyed in an autonomous artistic language and handwriting.