This is only a small preview of my installation piece, the first of its kind for a Painting major MFA at the New York Academy of Art.
The nature of my work evolved naturally to encompass found objects which morphed into sculptural forms retaining the information of memory.
The memory of an idea which slowly materialized at first two-dimensionally, through the traditional medium of oil paint on canvas, and later grew to its full potential as a physical form in both its tactile and its perceptual aspects.
This latent potential was impossible to reveal without the creation of a concrete environment where immersion and reenactment of an idea becomes one. Time becomes irrelevant because the viewer becomes an involuntary participant by the mere fact of entering into the space.
The external stimuli of merely observing a two-dimensional representation of space is made defunct by the physical fact of entering.
The strong classical and figurative aspects of the paintings are being reconstructed by the various sculptural forms and objects which appear both man-made and found, creating a disbelief in the nature of experience, a kind of simulacra of being.
Sofia Bachvarova May,2009 NYAA