The Artists

Viktoria Raykova

January 14th, 2015

Film  Los Angeles, CA, USA •

“I am that person standing still on the street, staring at the shadows of the passerby and light refractions from magical surfaces.”

Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: If we speak about design through the medium of film, then I would say my philosophy is to tell the story regardless of the challenge. I believe that it is within a moving image stories can unfold, be told, and passed onto generations. Film has the power to change and push a mind of in an existing path to an unbeaten one.

Q: What aesthetic or visual ideas affect you the most?
A: Light affects me most. Light allows visual artist to create emotions and stir thoughts. I love to study it from the chemical compounds of how it is seen and captured to the emotional impact colors created by light have on us. I guess sometimes I find myself as more of a student of optics than a cinematographer.

Q: How do you understand the interface between sound and visual?
A: I find that when exhibited together sound and visual bind to create a three dimensional art piece. Standing alone, each can be powerful, but joined they only reinforce each other.

Q: Briefly explain your creative process.
A: For me, getting a start varies on the project. Sometimes it takes me a lot of mind maps and brainstorming before the ideas start making sense, and other times I can envision the project from start to finish in a glimpse. I still have visual projects that are ever-evolving as time passes, and whether or not they will ever reach a true form of completion is up for debate, but the ones that do, it is a gut feeling. I can’t explain it any other way than even if I know something has not come out perfectly, I have used and abused the idea so much it is time to take the lessons learned and move on. I believe in the beauty of imperfections.

Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: For myself, I believe in the process more than the result. The process is always a learning experience and journey in which I use as pillars for future projects. As for those not involved in the process, I still enjoy sharing with them how I came out to build a film or visual piece together however I believe for them the result is the more important part as they relate to it more intimately in the now.

Q: Why do you value being part of an independent artist community?
A: Communities are built on supporting each other. Through this support we inspire one another and as artists this important. To have a lending hand or someone else appreciate your work, is why we create. I don’t think an artist creates to hide their projects in the closet. Some may be more shy than others or have less courage, and that is why any type of community is crucial to success.

Q: What is the range of methods, materials and styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: Any apparatus that records the moving image. I love film and digital both equally.

Q: Please tell us how people can further support you and your work.
A: Yes find me! I love to collaborate on creative projects, anyone can send me an email For support or just to take a glance at some things I also have a Vimeo site and a website I am currently re-vamping. The more wonderful minds I get to meet the better!

Featured image (above) photographed by Farida Amar of Viktoria Raykova wearing the Unraveled Original for Miriam Elhajli designed by Theresa Vilsmeier  for Unraveled in Boston on 6/25/13.

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