Rossitza Todorova – Memory of a Landscape
September 10 @ 8:00 am - September 27 @ 5:00 pm
Sierra Arts Gallery presents Memory of a Landscape, an exhibition of new work by artist Rossitza Todorova.
In this new series of paintings and videos, Rossitza Todorova reflects on how landscape embodies the idea of time, past, present, and future. The landscape reflects our memories by helping us recall and associate place with the past. It captures our present by allowing us to let go and be in the moment. And shows us our future, metaphorically, and literally as it reveals the journey ahead.
In the words of Ken Taylor, “one of our deepest needs is for a scene of identity and belonging and a common denominator in this is human attachment to landscape and how we find identity in landscape and place. Landscape, therefore, is not simply what we see, but a way of seeing: we see it when our eyes but interpret it with our mind and ascribe value to landscape for intangible – spiritual – reasons. Landscape can, therefore, be seen as cultural construct in which our sense of place and memories inhere.”
In this exhibition, Todorova depicts the desert landscape interrupted by scrolling and geometric lines that exist in the space between the viewer and the vista beyond. The forms are a visual metaphor for what we bring of ourselves as we view the desert. They are the reflections of ourselves that we place on the landscape made visible. As Henri Frédéric Amiel eloquently said, “Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.”
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Rossitza Todorova immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005 and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Art at Arizona State University in 2013. Todorova is currently a full-time Studio Art Instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.
Rossitza Todorova’s artwork is in the permanent collections of the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Tucson Museum of Art, the University of Arizona Art Museum in Tucson, the Painting and Sculpture Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, and numerous private collections. She is a recipient of the 2015 Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Artist Grant and was a 2013 Squire, Sanders Art Fellow. Her work is in catalogs and publications, including the 2013 Lark Crafts publication “500 Artists Books: Volume 2,” 2014, “Studio Visit, Volume 25,” 2016″ Superstition Review-Journal, Issue 18″ and 2019, “Create! Magazine, Issue 14.” Rossitza Todorova currently makes artwork out of her studio, located at Artemisia Studios in Reno, Nevada.
You are invited to the reception on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Sierra Arts Gallery.
The exhibition is free, and the public is welcome. 30% of all sales benefit Sierra Arts Foundation.
Social distancing and face masks will be required. Limited numbers of guests will be allowed in the gallery at any given time. Attendees are encouraged to visit our neighbors at Wild River Grille and The Eddy for drinks and food afterward to discuss the exhibition with Rossitza Todorova.
September 10th thru 27th 2020
Artist Reception, Thursday, September 17th, 6 to 8 pm
Image: Faraway Nearby