The Sailboats series was created in the last two years. It is a logical sequel to the Nets and Pairs series where shapes rise and extend in space, allowing the latter to flow into them. As in Nets and Pairs, shapes in Sailboats extend outward, as though a centrifugal force were acting.
Made of various materials, namely iron, Depron foam, polyester resin, wood, paper pulp, and chaff, the eleven sculptures presented in the Sofia Art Gallery convey both hope and despair, the balance between the two shifting with each sculpture.
The exhibition’s focal point is a sculpture featuring five human figures. The “dismembered” clothes levitate the bodies floating between the heavenly and the earthly.
Metaphors of the journey, Snejana Simeonova’s Sailboats are drifting between the possibility and impossibility of change, anchored in fear, gently driven by longing.
The compositions were created in the artist’s atelier in the village of Illindentsi, a place that has become a centre of sculpture in the last few years. The magic of the village has been a major influence on Snejana Simeonova’s art.
Snejana Simeonova majored in sculpture at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia. She graduated from it in 1976. Her work features a wide range of rendering styles, varying between monumental sculpture and small sculpture. She regularly participates in national sculpture exhibitions, as well as in international ones – she has presented her works in Latvia, Germany, Hungary, the Republic of South Africa, Japan, Spain, Belgium, Israel, and Turkey. Her works are characterized by easiness mixed with hidden tension, a blend of exquisiteness and passionate energy.