Projects

‘Are We Human or Are We Spam?’

‘Are We Human or Are We Spam?’

‘Are we Human or Are We Spam?’ project started at NARS Foundation Artist Residency in New York in 2019  and has most recently been exhibited at Start Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery in London in October 2020. ‘Are We Human or Are We Spam?’ addresses rape, sexual abuse and power dynamics in the relationships. I am interested in discrepancies between our values, real and perceived, and the influence of media and social norms encouraging chauvinism and misogyny.  The artworks contrast the rape trial of feminist Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi with extracts from an recent interview with a survivor of sexual abuse, and the artist’s personal experience.  The pieces create a conversation between the past and the present uncannily revealing similarities of both of the stories that happened more than 400 years apart.   Abstract expressive illustrations based on my research and experience are layered with text including subtle day to day phrases we encounter, Artemisia’s trial testimony, and a part of the interview with recent rape survivor. Second part of the project focuses on healing and recovery from trauma. It explores body liberation, spirituality, letting go, internal chaos yet positive outlook. The sculptures in this series are on the other hand minimalist and symbolic, creating a commentary and challenging the issue of gender discrimination overall.  ‘Are we human or are we spam’ empowers women and men and asks the audience to reevaluate how we see ourselves. Our vulnerabilities make us stronger. My work has always encouraged honest portrayal of reality, which is the first step to progress. My artwork shows people as they are, beautiful no matter of their past or present circumstances, mental health conditions or abuse they experienced....

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‘CAPITAL’

“Delusion is the root of all suffering, not just in his own mind but in the minds of all beings, and that sentient beings are not inherently bad, just ignorant.” Ngawang Chotok ‘Capital’ is a solo exhibition that is a continuation of Raytchev’s ongoing work centred around addiction. It intends to educate and open up the conversation about addiction and/or recovery. The show takes its title from the term recovery capital, which refers to “the breadth and depth of internal and external resources that can be drawn upon, necessary for an individual to initiate and sustain recovery from substance misuse as well as make behavioural changes.” ‘Capital’ will further develop and explore the theme of addiction in a positive, empowering way, giving hope that change is possible as well as helping to lose the stigma surrounding this subject. The new series of abstract portraits of participants who are at different stages of their addiction/ recovery will disclose their recovery capitals as well as their continuously changing journey they are on. The project covers range of people from various backgrounds and the whole spectrum of addictions (from alcohol, drugs and food, to sex, love, work, shopping etc.) showing that no matter of what the behaviour or substance is, addiction is still the same illness. The paintings will be accompanied by a sound installation piece done in collaboration with very talented British musician, producer and director Richard Strange. To hear the sound samples please follow the links below: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qmkc79s9nxfofo6/Carl%20Dani%203.mp3?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/tvmvomhgdb9j0d1/mel%20sample%20raytchev.m4v?dl=0 The artwork is underpinned by research from King’s College Addiction department overseen by Dr Kyle Dyer. It will show synaptic transmissions and neuroadaptation mechanisms. Addiction is a long learning process and brain has the power to restructure. “Instead of recovering, it seems that addicts keep growing, as does anyone who overcomes their difficulties through deliberation and insight.” Marc Lewis, The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease...

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RUG DESIGNER COLLABORATION

RUG DESIGNER COLLABORATION

I have been lucky enough to secure lovely collaboration with Rug Designer company offering bespoke luxury rugs that created a new piece based on one of my paintings – portrait of Gok Wan. For more information/ orders /enquiries visit www.debutcontemporary.com www.rugdesigner.co.uk or email...

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‘PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION’ PROJECT

‘PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION’ PROJECT

‘Progress not Perfection’ project is set to raise awareness of addiction, pass on the positive message that change is possible and help to challenge the stigma and judgements that come with addiction. ‘Progress not Perfection’ covers a group of people from diverse backgrounds who dealt with various addictions (alcohol, drugs, food, sex, love, work, shopping, gambling… ). The context of each final painting is based on the series of interviews help with each participant. The process starts with sketches dan live studies of participants as they share their experience of addiction and recovery. This change often leads to a profound experience that creates new values in their lives. The expressive character of the painting juxtaposed with clean ‘peaceful’ linework, relates to the fluctuating emotions of the subjects that are often accompanied by anxiety and depression. Personal narratives of the participants appear within the painting. The honesty and transparency about their past is captured with bold bright colours that don’t shy away from the attention. The subtleties of each portrait allow the viewer to contribute to the final experience and connect and relate in their own individual way. As the viewer begins the journey to get to know each participant, he or she begins to explore addiction as a coping and adaptation mechanism and see that one can change. Among the subjects are celebrities Gok Wan, Jeff Leach, Kevin Dooley, Tony Kelly of Red Card Charity. The exhibition is also being held in support of Beat, a charity that helps people affected by eating disorders, for which Daniela has been chosen as their Selected Artist for 2015.   Background: Addiction is an illness and should be treated as one. It is a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. Whether a shopping addiction or chemical addiction, addiction of any sort still takes a huge toll on the individual, their close ones, and society in general. In order to fuel their addictions, addicts go into debt, commit crimes and sometimes require emergency hospitalization. Their daily existence is afflicted by the isolation, loneliness and other psychological and physical side effects. As we begin to see addiction as a coping and adaptation mechanism in the pressurized world we may begin to see addicts in a cleared and more empathetic light. The project enables her to complete the full study of each participant starting with research, interviews, sketching and then creating a final large scale piece. The process has equal importance to the final portrait. Images below are examples of the studies as well as large scale paintings. The solo exhibition took place from 15th October – 1st November 2015 in Notting Hill,...

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Human Suffering at Times of Crises – When Boys Become Men Exhibition

Human Suffering at Times of Crises – When Boys Become Men Exhibition

Debut Contemporary launched ‘Human Suffering at Times of Crisis Part II – When Boys Become Men’ exhibition curated by Barry Martin and Klara Cecmanova in support of Harrison’s Fund, which is named after eight year old Harrison Smith from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness. The charity’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. “I wanted to capture the inner conflict happening within the people around. Duchenne is such a devastating illness, I truly admire Klara and Nick (whose sons were recently diagnosed), their work and courageous attitude. That and reflecting on my own experience I can relate to, my pieces explore three different stages of having to deal with an intense situation that is completely out of your control…’Malarkey’ shows the utter chaos and confusion, love and sadness from whatever it is that will happen… ‘Trust’ is about having the faith that the best way is to let people have their own journey trusting you will meet one day as well as having faith in the process so you can enjoy the present and every moment you have, even if there is a continuous underlying worry and anxiety from not knowing… and ‘Waiting Game’ where you just have to accept the situation for what it is, let go of your ego and don’t give into the allure of distractions …”...

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