'The monkey's dream' - Collaboration with Elitsa Ganeva
10 September 2022
I don't think that I ever showed this work anywhere before. It is from my student years. I was working at a supermarket at the time to support myself. One day at work I saw that they wanted to throw away some advertisement vinyl banners and I quite happily salvaged them. At first, I didn't have any particular idea about what I want to do with them. At the time I was discovering the music of Stephan Micus and inside on two of the booklets were short quotes of Rumi and Lao Tzu. I was struck by how the arrangement of the words was resembling a shape which was pretty much visualising the essence of the quotes IMHO. I made two pieces from the vinyl I salvaged, each 2m long. I had to manually adjust each letter and modify the font. The letters were manually transferred and hand-cut by my self on the kitchen floor. The black paint was added after. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of the other work.
The words on this one are: "The way that can be followed is not the true way" Lao Tzu and the other one was if I remember correctly: "There are ten thousand ways to bow and kiss the earth" Rumi.
I was invited to take part at the first edition of Rural Mural Residency in the village of Liubnitsa, Bulgaria. There are hundreds of abandoned buildings in my homeland of Bulgaria. The project's idea is to revive some of them with the help of selected international artists. What was once a school, now a sad ruin, became a canvas for us to explore and re-imagine with our visions and ideas.