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Liberty

‘Liberty’ is a reaction to current political situation that has recently magnified issues of sexism, racism and discrimination not only in the US but in our society as a whole. ‘Liberty’ sculpture objectifies, depersonalises and dehumanises women. Based on the Statue of Liberty, it replaces her face and her personality with her vagina as if that part of the body was the most important, as if that identifies her as opposed to her face or her personality. Showing our face helps our integration with the world and is the means of communicating. Hiding it and replacing it with female genitals highlights the fact that a woman’s sexuality is given more significance in the public eye than her identity. The sculpture, on one hand, is an anti establishment piece. It juxtaposes the Statue of Liberty, an icon of freedom and of the United States as a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad, against the state of the female position in society, amplified by the current political situation as many recent public statements and messages have significantly devalued and compromised this ideology of freedom. On the other hand, the piece glorifies the female form to pay homage to the women all over the world. The artwork is a metaphor for bringing the power back to women, crowning the part of our body that defines our gender, with a symbol inspiring contemplation, debate and a protest, of ideals such as democracy, liberty, peace, human rights and opportunity. It reminds us of the ideals that the Statue of Liberty stood for in the past, that women and men collectively still need to fight for, especially now in the times of the current political and social instability that causes anxiety and fear mongering in masses. Originally named Liberty Enlightening the World, the statue’s “stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man’s oppression until Liberty enlightens the world.” Groveller Cleveland The sculpture, on one hand, is an anti establishment piece that mocks America. It juxtaposes the Statue of Liberty, an icon of freedom and of the United States as a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad, against the state of the female position in society, amplified by the current political situation as many recent public statements and messages have significantly devalued and compromised this ideology of freedom.  ...

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Butterfly Ball 2018

Butterfly Ball 2018

  Butterfly Ball for Caudwell Children charity took place on 15th June 2018. You could feel the joy and happiness when everyone got together to celebrate every children’s life, and raise money for this amazing charity that transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK. “We act as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need.” I have been commissioned to create a piece specifically for the event to be donated at the Silent Auction. ‘The Butterfly Effect” was a stained glass installation. “Each glass butterfly is individually hand crafted and decorated to form an installation. With delicately-cut stained glass pieces and hand-applied spikes in Raytchev’s signature style, this is an exquisite art piece with a powerful, relevant message.  ‘Butterfly Effect’ promotes ideals of inclusivity and empowerment, especially of minorities and those who experience discrimination. The butterflies are literally breaking through the glass ceiling and setting out in a golden spiral shape. ‘Butterfly Effect’ is inspired by Raytchev’s ‘Glass Ceiling’, a floating art chess installation commissioned for display at the World Chess Hall of Fame Museum in St. Louis,...

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Collaboration with Richard Strange

Collaboration with Richard Strange

Happy to announce a collaboration with renowned British musician, producer and director on the sound installation that will accompany my next solo exhibition ‘Capital’.   Follow this link to get to know more about his music and directorial...

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Eating Disorders International Conference 2016

Eating Disorders International Conference 2016

Taking place from 17 – 19 March 2016 will be Eating Disorders International Conference 2016. I am very pleased to say that I will be exhibiting at this great event where you can learn about the latest developments in the field of eating disorders. I will be exhibiting couple of artworks from ‘Progress not Perfection’ project, and below is the Additional information that we will be handing out. Just to remind everyone, a percentage of sales from the prints or artworks that were part of this project is donate to eating disorders charity B-Eat. I will be posting updates from the event, follow my blog, my Facebook Page or Twitter to keep up to date:)...

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