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My name is Magda Staleva, born 1997 in Bulgaria.

 

My history with art - I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil as they say.  I had a very complicated family environment as a child and my artistic style was not exactly understood neither was a pursuit in an artistic education or career supported by my relatives. Despite of that I was signed up for art lessons in my small towns community centre. I went there for maybe 10 years and i'm still very close friends with my teacher, so that went well. I would say it was a very supportive environment, but I still felt very alien. At the time my style was fantasy and surrealism, surrealism was my first love and still is . I was afraid to experiment too much, or at all, i didn't feel too confident in making stuff that was too out there since well - conservative small town mentality, it just didn't feel like anyone would be into it. 

When I graduated highschool I was absolutely discouraged from pursuing anything with art so I signed up for a degree in speech therapy and moved to my countrys capital city which actually turned out to be great for me as an artist.

I started creating just for myself, just for the experience so I was comfortable with doing whatever - collage,  mixed media, clay. No pressure or inhibitions since no one was going to see it. That helped me really get an idea of what i want to do and what my style is. At the same time I got to experience the underground scene of Bulgarias capital city Sofia. Avantgarde, experimental music and art, punk, i got to meet some of my idols and like minded people. That made me decide I didn't want to just create for myself, and that i want to share what I'm  doing and be a part of an artist community, so I created my instagram profile last year, and that has been absolutely amazing too - I got to connect with a lot of awesome people all around the world and exchange experience and culture. The whole mask concept was simply a result of the fact that I wanted to share my art and ideas but i was too anxious to well, be me. With a mask it doesen't matter,  it could be anyone,  or maybe it isn't even a person.

 

Underground, avantgarde and experimental used to be my favourite words to describe what I do, but I recently foud one I like much better - eclectic, as in combyning different areas, styles, ideas, techniques,  materials and so on. I don't want to stick to the same thing, I like surrealism,  expressionism, dada, collage, sculpting, photography,  I also write, I would love to try dabbling in video and music in the future. I love the idea of combining all of these mediums and more in order to come full circle and create a multidementional artistic universe.

 

When selecting artwork for the submission I aimed to choose pieces that I think embody that spirit of eclecticism the best. I decided to submit a lot of the stuff in photo collage form, combining 2-3 pieces in a collage because i thought it shows the connections between the diferrent pieces better and they look good in sets.

 

 

 

Feel free to dm @hex_pixie if you have any questions or anything.

 

Best wishes

Magda Staleva

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"I love the idea of combining all of these mediums and more in order to come full circle and create a multidementional artistic universe."

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