Interview with Persefi Eskes
Exploring vibrant colors and bold patterns with fabulous Bulgarian artist Persefi Eskes
Persefi Eskes is an incredible talented artist based in Bulgaria and certainly on to follow and collect. Her exclusive style uses vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual language. Persefi is an award winning artist and has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Bulgaria and Austria. Read on to learn more about her art and inspirations.
SG: Where do you get your inspiration from? Can you talk about your ideas and how they evolve?
PE: All kinds of visual forms of the physical world, seen through the magical realism of an artist, the nature sounds, the silence of the subjects, the lack of the human presence, while I have the knowledge that it has somewhere, are my big inspirations for art. Music has a great impact on me and it is a great part of my art. I intend to show it in public. The creative process calls the sacred time of transportation and grounding invisible, divine to the human visible level. My paintings are a mirror of my underworld and personal revelations.
SG: How would you describe your work?
PE: Color is my favorite shape of all senses.You can recognise my art by the colors, they are the elements I find best for expressing my true inner self. The way a certain color comes out is indivisibly linked to my personal and current perception of time and space. One of the best ways, I’ve found, to see the true meaning of a given color is to first look for the peculiar relation between nature and the clarifications arts can bring to your life sometimes. To me color marks a value in somewhat of a universal and fundamental way.
SG: What art movements do you identify your practice with, and are there any texts you have read that have been inspirational to your practice?
PE: It is hard to define, I normally wouldn’t but I will try. The genre is abstract experimental figurative ambient – or maybe magical surnaivism. I can say that spiritual texts about self-improvement and evolution, as well as abstract existential literature are my frequent inspirations and provocateurs for my artistic activities.
SG: What are you working on at the moment?
PE: Figurative self-portraits, compositions revealing the relationship between sound and vision - my latest project and my next solo exhibition in Plovdiv/Bulgaria is called "Figurative ambient-blue vibe". I have recently started to create some experimental, ambient electronic music, soon I hope I'll share it in a form of performances. Also, I have just finished my first Coloring book for grownups with the name "Return to heaven". It will soon be available on the social network spaces.
SG: Is there a specific theme or concept you keep in all of your work or does it change with each series?
PE: My art is always changing, nevertheless it seems to sustain one kind of expressive forms. It changes towards my own fine condition of vibrating and living - here and now. I don't need to achieve something specifically in my work. I leave the natural process of creating to be my guide, the process dictates the outcome. I only need to accomplish the truth onto my canvas.
SG: Which artists do you admire?
PE: Helen Verhoeven, Martine Johanna, Hope Gangloff, Danny Fox, Giada Ganassin. All of them are contemporary artists .
SG: Are you a part of any artists groups or organisations that have been beneficial (to your work in general or career as an artist)?
PE: Now I am very private and individual artist and I can say that all the years it's been the same, except maybe when I was a student in Academy of Fine arts in Sofia. I will complete a masters degree in fine arts this year.
SG: If you could own one work of art what would it be?
PE: Maybe I would like to have some art of Hope Gangloff and Martine Johanna ,...at the moment, this artists inspire me a lot.
SG: What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
PE: Its something very fundamental. I would like my art and personality to be able to heal and be some kind of holy salvation from humans fears.