Sanctuary is a work form the Creation series (2000 - 2003).
The Creation series was inspired by the rocks on the summit of Cherni Vrah - the highest place of Vitosha Mountain (2290m) that lies near Sofia. The mountain is a wonderful place to take a break from the daily city life and I go there once a week during weekdays when there are not many people.
Taking a rest at the summit I have drawn some sketches of rocks that later were used as base for oil paintings, for some of which additional materials (gauze and straw) were used to give them some extra material look.
The series consists of so to say two movements: the first is more realistic; the second has some surrealistic elements.
To me the shapes of the rocks and their places are a metaphor of the process of Creation of the world. I remember I have imagined then (while drawing on the top of the mountain) how God has modeled and placed this raw solid matter in its perfect shape, on its perfect place.
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