The Beauty Of The Everyday: An Interview With Gabriela Petkova
It is our pleasure to feature this interview with Bulgarian artist Gabariela Petkova.
With her art Gabriela Petkova seeks to represent the daily life's absurd moments and to provoke questions among the public.
Gabriela Petkova works primarily with pen on paper, her drawing are graphic in nature and she masterfully lets the every day life take center state in her landscapes.
SG: Where do you get your inspiration from?
GP: I am constantly trying to keep my contact with the real world alive. I observe things, I am curious about new and different experiences and somewhere along this endless road I either feel something or I get distracted by someone…That is what I call inspiration.
SG: What are you working on at the moment?
GP: At the moment I’m working on a series of small drawings inspired from the changes that happened to me lately.
SG: Is there a specific theme or concept you keep in all of your work or does it change with each series?
GP: There isn’t a specific one, I try to keep my work diverse, to be different, constantly introducing and offering something new. It has to do mostly with my work being in close connection with my own experience - my thoughts and emotions differ from each other, what goes through my head is never the same and it is only natural for this to be reflected in my art. The different forms of my ideas leads to me using different media each time - I need a suitable one to express myself in the best way in each particular moment. This explains the variety in my works…or at least I hope so. I don’t want to exhaust the interest of the people interested in my art…also this way I do not exhaust mine in creating it.
SG: If you could own one work of art what would it be?
GP: I admire Lucian Freud, Andrew Wyeth, the Germans from “ Neue Sachlichkeit” and many more, of course. The Japanese art fascinates me a lot lately…I also have contemporary artists who I like a lot…But if I have to name one particular artist anything from Pieter Bruegel the Elder. When I saw his works live in Wien for the first time…it was stunning!
SG: What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
GP: Well, my work is my attempt to live in peace with my emotions. It is mostly a reflection of the things that bother me somehow, anything that is able to deeply affect me. They could be social or personal, but it is my struggle that you will see reflected in my art. I would be pleased if my viewers try to imagine the situations that brought me to this particular point, if they can feel my emotions, relive those moments. If my art makes this possible, they should see the world through my experience and find their own answers to questions that smothers us all, just in different way. At the end that is what’s important.
SG: What advice would you give somebody who has just started their artistic career?
GP: Well. I don’t feel like a person of wisdom in this area. I can only say from my experience that this choice of path in life, art in its many forms which I try to explore, is for very sensitive people and it doesn’t get easier with time. It only gets more difficult, more complicated. However the deeper you go, the more satisfied with yourself you would be and at the end it is definitely worth it.