Born in 1994 in Varna, Bulgaria, Zhanina Marinova studied Graphics and Printmaking at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna Austria where she currently lives and works as a Visual artist and Printmaker.
By rendering imagination as a sort of materialized fiction, which for her is strongly connected with the idea of the relation between presence and absence, Marinova invents her own reality and explores the deep constellations of perception, thoughts, feelings and memories. Working primarily in the field of screen printing, drawing, installation and book arts, Marinova uses such diverse materials as fabrics, paper, transparent foils and wood as canvases for her screen prints. With such an array of surfaces, the only constant is the large scale.
There is not a formula.
It is a vivid blend of chaos and order.
Line after line, the chaos is taking shape and the order is beginning to look abstract.
I repeat the process again and again... but it is never the same.
I do not know why the format of the drawings I make are always horizontal. It is for me the most natural feeling and I just let it flow. It is my own horizon where I can reach the unknown and the new.
For me, human existence is like a work of art. Our bodies are temporal and material, traveling on a horizontal path beginning with birth and ending with death. On the other hand our spiritual potential connecting earth to the infinite beyond is better represented by the vertical axis.
Drawing horizontally and creating finished prints in the vertical orientation achieves a sort of balance for me. A balance between drawing and print; beginning and end.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, leporello book (unikat), screenprint on transparent film, plexiglass covers: 25 x 12 cm, leporello: 22 x 183 cm, 2019
Afternoon (same space, same time), pencil on paper – 150 x 160 cm , 2020
Ausstellungsansicht FEMALE - lebt und arbeitet in Wien 2019
Dem von dominierender Vertikalität geprägten Siebdruck Sundogs (2019) von Zhanina Marinova gehen Zeichnungen voraus, welche die Künstlerin in der Horizontalen anlegt. Der Wechsel des Mediums bedingt auch den Wechsel der Ausrichtung und befragt so die Positionierung der Künstlerin, wie auch der Betrachtenden gegenüber der jeweiligen Arbeit.