(Antoaneta Melnikova-Hillman, Conversation-1, 2011, encaustic on board,18 x 15 inches; © Antoaneta Melnikova-Hillman)
Antoaneta Melnikova-Hillman (b. Pleven-Bulgaria)
I don't question my desire to paint but am thankful that it exists. It gives my life direction. Leonardo’s words that painting is poetry, seen rather than heard, is reflected in my attitude towards painting. I put the continuity of the idea and the transformation of reality in to a new world at the start of every work. Chagall, Van Gogh, Dali and Klimt are the artists who have had a major influence on me. I believe that admiration of the great artists is the first step on the road to art. I can't separate poetry from painting, and this is the duality that brings to existence my bodies of work like Balance, Ice House and Garden of Wish. I have been drawn to the beauty of minimal but exact expression in the form of art and for me this is the way to say much, if not everything.
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