artist spotlight
Elizar Milev

share your creative practice:
in conversation with Elizar Milev

What does it mean to you to join the North Lands Creative network and be part of building a community for glass?

 

As a teacher, I am very busy working with our students and filling out a lot of normative and administrative job, so during my stay at NLC give me time and opportunities to work and concentrate on my own art. This was the first important thing. Then second very important is that part of the mission of NLC is to make a deep relationship between the artists working by glass and to support them. Our society is not so big and all of your activities are important for us. 

 

Tell us about your work. What influences translate into your art practice?

 

Predominantly working in glass casting, my work is provoked by politics and human relations. In my work I explores the battle between two different positions – the cold and warm colours, the sharp and soft shape, the negative and positive. These juxtaposing contrasts are used as a narrative to expose the human temperament.

 

Has this changed the way you approach your work?

 

Everything can change my approach, I am an artist who create emotions by material, when the emotion disappear this project is useless. Many of my ideas are not realised, because their time, power and emotion are passed.

 

What initially captured your imagination about glass?

 

The glass is just a material, but very sensitive. I always thinking that working by glass is like a communication with some person. Depend of your attitude is the result which you will get. If you are rout glass can break, to get a crack or to hurt you. Is that not dialogue..? If I hurt you this will make a crack in your feelings, then I can say how apologies, but never will be the same – the crack is still there, somewhere deep. 

 

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

 

How I said this is communication. The new technologies are interesting and important of cores, but it’s not only the idea important for one piece.  Every artist give an part of himself of the work, the direction modelling or working transfer this power which you have in yourself like an artist, like a person who wave a sensitive feelings. Also for the communication, which I shared in the privies question. 

In the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown we said that we could do contemporary way for education by computers (I am not talking only about the art education). Now, two years latter we see that this was horrible for this generation of students. 

 

What was your route to becoming an artist?

 

I don’t have other choice; I cannot do anything ales, whole of my live I working only this.

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What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques?

 

 

I working cast glass, because this is good way to modelling my ideas, but this don’t mean I am not working another techniques.

 

 

How would you describe your work and where do you think it fits within the sphere of contemporary glass?

 

 

My works are created with influenced by my feeling, emotions and problems now, this make them contemporary.

 

 

Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?

 

 

Every piece is made different, by drawing of sketches create some of them, then modelling and finally created by the material, some of them are made immediately influenced by the material.  This is like to give you a receipt how you living, every day is different.

 

 

Who do you look up to when it comes to aesthetics?

 

 

If we think what is the aesthetic we will find many answers. Sometimes we show of the world the ugly part of the world by our work. Its not necessarily one piece to be “pretty”.

 

 

What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?

 

 

They are so many fantastic artist in the world, this is difficult to say, because me, like an artist I change every day. Some artists are admired during my school time, then when I grow up I had another artist who was respected by me. Art comes from the art and we must have some admired artists.

 

 

How are you experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic in your country? To what extent has your everyday life as an artist changed in lockdown?

 

 

I don’t think the lockdown changed me, this is one of the reasons to become an artist – the freedom, and whenever what happened we are free to do our work.

Elizar Milev

Predominantly working in glass casting, Elizar’s work is provoked by politics and human relations. In his work he explores the battle between two different positions – the cold and warm colours, the sharp and soft shape, the negative and positive. These juxtaposing contrasts are used as a narrative to expose the human temperament.

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