State Institute for Culture under the Minister of Foreign Affairs
October 15-30, 2020
Vernissage: October 15, Thursday, 6 – 7 p.m. – 2, Alexander Zhendov Str., Sofia
The Beatles’ 1965 song “Yesterday” is the best song in the history of mankind according to the ranking of the financial portal 24/7 Wall Street, BTA reports, quoting Lenta. The chart was compiled taking into account sales, the stay in the hit parade of “Billboard”, the number of covers and the popularity of the song among music lovers. In the Billboard singles chart Hot 100, the song lasted 11 weeks. The author of “Yesterday” is Paul McCartney, whose refrain in the song I accepted as a motto of this exhibition: “I believe in yesterday… I long for yesterday…”
Yesterday is the closest to today, because tomorrow is uncertain, unclear, even impossible. “Today” tomorrow will be “yesterday”. Although close in time, the memories of “yesterday” are irretrievable past moments, which are sure to be unique. Visualizing them in works is a form of archiving, as well as a desire of the artist to keep them in his mind for as long as possible. The exhibition is dedicated to the imperceptible past time, which changes our philosophy and worldview of the present day
Marieta Konova’s paintings are chronological notes of a series of meetings, travels, plein airs, places that the author observes and seals in memories recreated through the means of painting. The works represent the subjective understanding and perception of the world, the personal worldview of the author, reflected in the moving and transforming emotion. Portraits carry magnetic energy and sensitivity, act tangibly or suggest one or another spontaneously reflected impulse. Landscapes and interiors encode certain states and thus go beyond their usual aesthetic function – they are inhabitable, inhabited by life and human presence, they become a shared memory.
The works are united by the characteristic emotional color perception of the author, which harmoniously combines the desire for authenticity and spiritual “presence” of the depicted objects. An essential part of the picturesque imagery is the contrasting color and pattern.
Marieta Konova was born on December 28, 1968 in the town of Gabrovo. In 1987 she graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Sofia, majoring in Textiles. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Veliko Tarnovo “St. Cyril and Methodius”, in the course of Prof. Nikolai Ruschukliev (1992). Acquired a postgraduate specialization in “Composition in Painting” on “Contrasts” (1998) at VTU and a second specialty “Clothing Design and Fashion” at the Free Faculty of VTU (1996). In 2005 he specialized in “Graphic Design” at the Moscow College of Applied Arts (Russia), headed by Prof. Evgeny Dobrovinsky. Member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Painting Section (2010), Association of Artists “Vladislav Marjik” – Kraljevo, Serbia (2006) and “Color Group – Bulgaria” (2008). Since 2000 she has been a lecturer in Ornamental Composition and other disciplines at the Department of Church Arts at the University of Veliko Tarnovo “St. St. Cyril and Methodius ” in Veliko Tarnovo, where she is an associate professor and doctor of art history and fine arts.