My name is Elizar Milev,PhD and I was a solo resident during the period November – December in North Land Creative.
As a teacher of glass in the National High School of Applied Arts “St. Luke” – Sofia and recently graduated my dissertation on topic: “Trends of the development of glass casting, as technological and aesthetic aspects” I concentrated on my own creative art visions. This opportunity to work freely in the studio gave me the chance to concentrate entirely on my projects and, on the other hand, helped my teaching work by enriching my empirical experience and declaring my creative potential to my alumni and graduates.
My projects are inspired by the combinatorics in forming shapes and the combination of colors and textures, tight in strict geometry, looking for a compositional relationship and ratio between the various and individual elements. This correlation between combinatorics and aesthetics is suitable for working with glass, because of the transparency of the material, as the main purpose to determine the degree of artistic expression of the structure, but at the same time it also appears as a mechanism regulating the content of work. A significant role is played by the placement of each form in the space relative to one other, as well as the geometry used for each work.
Another determining factor affecting most artists is the color and its problems. Depending on the combination of shapes and color, you can give a sense of massiveness, lightness, warmth, rigor and etc. Leaving the structures out of the process of casting itself, I emphasize the shape, leaving it to look denser, heavier, and alive in order to avoid a mechanized visual sensation in the viewer.
This collaboration was embedded in my search a year ago in the creating and production of small sculptures made in the form of jewelry. The combination of summer glass, which is the best possible form for sculptural expression, because of the richness of the means of expression and the combination of contrasting rough surface and polished manages to attract my attention and interests. The combination with other materials gives me richness, both in my creative expression as well as in my experiments with different materials, their possibilities and their combination.
During my residency at NLC, I had the opportunity to work with excellent equipment and high quality materials that contributed significantly to the end result. The setting and working conditions allowed me and inspired me to make new experiments and objects.