Irina is a NYC-based artist, psychoanalytically orientated therapist and a psychoanalytical candidate at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is originally from Europe, Bulgaria.
In her artworks, she focuses on contemporary abstract figurative art and abstraction. Previously she had a strong interest in the landscape.Even though she has experience working with and exhibiting in different materials like printmaking and sculpture, her preferred media and materials are oil paints on canvas. Irina utilizes eclectic, contemporary approach to create colorful artworks that are unique editions; she does not use prints nor multiplies her work. Most of her works are done on solid wooded frames with pure linen stretched firmly above and primed with classically handmade. The images she paints have no analog in reality and everything in the paining: color, structure, composition, is sourced in her imagination.
She maintains the view that an artwork is a metaphor and everything in a painting is language: the color talks, the shape talks and the different elements in the paining communicate among themselves. The whole paining communicates a non-verbal message that is transmitted to the perceiver. Painting is a way of expressing oneself, an inherent necessity.
Currently her art, being inspired by the psychoanalytical thought, is experienced, just like psychoanalysis, as an ongoing research of states of mind and feelings in relation to their connections to reality.
A detailed sense of her view about art can be gained from her article “What Is Common Between Psychoanalysis and Art” that was published in the Manhattan Instate for Psychoanalysis blog: