Exhibition of paintings, ceramics, plastic arts
by Angela Minkova
in Art Gallery "Papion" 9 Dragoman St, Varna
Opening day 3th October 2013

"Do not ruin a story with the truth unless it is part of it"

"Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story, unless you can`t think of anything better."
Mark Twain

Tsumadoi was a classy form of marriage in medieval Japan. The man, usually coming from a wealthy background, did not take his bride in his home and his marriage duties were mainly expressed in writing poems dedicated to his love sufferings, be it real or pretended. Tsumadoi was about craving for love, no matter if it was genuine or not, and in practice it was achieved only through relatively rare visits. Tsumadoi literary means visiting a woman. In tsumadoi the energy of the desire for unity stems merely from the longing and the possibility of one`s love being requited.

The woman also participated in tsumadoi with some form of art. Often she was abandoned when the inspiration had come to an end. When this happened, the woman had to find another inspired by love or go to a nunnery. In fact, in tsumadoi women were submitted to men`s whims.

This medieval system of marriage had started a whole literary trend. In my last year`s Chinese diary, I have noted down that "tsumadoi is a way of transforming love experiences into art."

Now let me hop from the exquisite and reserved Far East to the passionate and loud Europe. Because we are somewhere in between.

There are words in which so many things are implied and explained. One of these words is duende. Duende is this "mysterious power which everyone senses and no philosopher explains." The mysterious power is the spirit manifested in art. "The days I sing with duende no one can match me," used to say a famous Spanish singer.

Duende is the feeling you get from Goya`s works painted while he was kneeling with candles on his head, or the feeling in Marius` acting. It is not a question of abilities but of spirit, style, living in the creator in the moment of their creative act. It is about spirit, blood, culture and constant creating.

Emil Cioran has made the surprising claim that talent is a kind of disability, which only wants to be productive, and that true inspiration stems from the capacity for exaggeration and springs from the anomaly of the soul.

I have chosen these two relatively unknown words - duende and tsumadoi, which together make some tsumadende - to find some way to describe what I do. What every person or every artist, be it Nietzsche or Cezanne, does is climbing the tower of one`s own perfection which is the result of the struggle with his or her duende, not with his or her angel or muse.

It is a God`s gift to make or find an artist`s muse - this servant of the talent. It is a double gift if fate meets you with your muse in reality once or more than once. The rest is alchemistic conversion of reality into art. You can convert as much as you like but nothing will come of it without duende. The same way a simple "like" is not enough.

There are muses who dictate, others who whisper. And there are some who reduce the soul to ashes and from its dark sound duende is born. I shall not mention the angels here - they are always right but disembodied mediators.

The muse who dazzled me belongs to this city, it hovers above people`s heads and pours its blessings on them. Only if a person catches it, for which there are certain conditions, they can accomplish their creation or dream.

Of course, tsumadoi, duende and muses can exist in all times, in all cities and in all forms of art. The magic power of art is in always creating with duende, so that everyone who listens, reads or sees is baptized with its holy water. With duende it is easier to love and understand and it is certain that you will be loved and understood.

These are part of my muse-inspired fruits. You are welcome to try them. "Some painters paint what they can, others - what they want," says my favourite Salvador Dali, who helps me do things and who might help you try them, I hope.

* I have used parts of Federico Garc?a Lorca`s lecture "Play and Theory of the Duende"

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