Battle of the Soul: Rebirth



Over the course of an entire decade  the “Battle of the Soul” collection was realised. The collection was born in Krakow, Poland in 2004. Once completed, this had it’s debut (some seven years later) in Sofia, Bulgaria. The solo show attracted the local Bulgarian press, a large international community and many friends and family of the artist.


The “Battle of the Soul” collection is centred around fourteen large paintings inspired by the seven sins and the seven virtues. Once a painting from this collection finds a home, another version is created in its place, so that there are always fourteen paintings in total.


Travelling and living around the world has prompted the artist to ask herself the same question again and again, "What is the battle?" Ultimately, the battle is what defines you. It's what stands behind you. It's what you let consume or confine you.


This battle rages on as soon as we stop singing our song, soon as we start playing melodies of Lust, Greed, Sloth and Rage… Envy, Pride and Gluttony. This collection is all about the feeling of taboo vs. normality, good vs. evil, weakness vs. power, sin vs. virtue.


Five years after its debut in Bulgaria, “Battle of the Soul: REBIRTH” was exhibited at the artist’s studio in Shoreditch, London, UK.


“Battle of the Soul: REBIRTH” is the artist’s interpretation on canvas of the seven sins and seven virtues from another side - from a side that had been lived and born again from within. This is the side of self, the side of love, the side of awakening and the side of truth.


The exhibition was held at London HOUSE Studio on August 26th, 2016.


SEE PHOTOS & VIDEO FROM EXHIBITION IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM


SEE PHOTOS FROM EXHIBITION IN SOFIA, BULGARIA

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PRIDE (sold)

PRIDE II ...coming soon



Some have asked when it became something we should live and die for. Others have said, 'without it we are nothing.'


Good or bad, there are no lines between colours here - only ourselves who search instead of seeing,

...this multi-coloured canvas.


Wouldn't it be lovely to exist, in a time with no lines or borders or rifts...


Multi-cultural, freely talented - with love for all as individual gifts...


No chance of being criticised, for the flag they fly or the colour in their eye - just pure pride, for this beautiful life we've been given.


Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)

Medium : Acrylic on canvas

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HUMILITY


It is Pride's virtue ...transforming the colourfully loud, yet lifeless, into something solidly gold, yet priceless. 


Humility glows, not of superiority, but of honour and solidarity, humbly achieving grace and passing it on


Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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ENVY

It drains the color even from rainbows, storing it just within reach behind us. So, instead of looking forward, we are lost beside ourselves, looking backwards. All of us have a purpose to embrace our rainbows, keeping them upright and color full.

Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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ADMIRATION

It is Envy’s virtue - Admiration of others from a distance shows mostly an unclear picture of what truly is. But when we admire from up close, and even a little closer to the mirror, we begin to see our own reflection coming to the fore. In the beauty of others dearer, we find the beauty of ourselves to adore.

Size : 150 x 130 cm (4 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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GREED

Even at gold it scratches, only wanting something finer as it wildly hunts for the very treasure it has ravaged...yet bound for nothing better.

Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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GENEROSITY

Generosity is Greed’s virtue. In its true essence, you never really know who is the giver, or who is the receiver, or who is benefiting most from the sell. Forever unknown who fills the well... 


Not black or white, not left or right. Not wanting or needing... as nothing is left unresolved. Only matters which seek just cause for generosity remain.


Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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LUST

Lust captures the absolute & pure red passion that comes from lust. It's the only thing your eyes can actually see - when they're closed.

Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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CHASTITY

It is Lust's virtue. As the heat of passion is tamed, it takes the form of cooling lava. Hit with the air of reality, it instantly cools, protecting the burning desire that is just below the surface.

Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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GLUTTONY

Reflects the body decaying, a consequence of the overindulgent lifestyle that many of us now consider normal.

Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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ABSTINENCE

It is Gluttony's virtue. Somewhat of a tattered blank canvas for each of the seven sins, Abstinence's restraint slowly washes out the gluttonous wantons & too-toos within us, while making room for a reasonable and seasonable apprentice.

Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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SLOTH (sold)

SLOTH II ...coming soon



Sloth tells a short story about the do-nothing scenario that has been justified by the actions of someone else.

Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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DILIGENCE


It is Sloth’s virtue -- To quote the film, Benjamin Button, “Some people were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people, dance.”


We all have a gift which runs on diligence. It survives by diligence. And it remains through diligence. Even though it may not always be seen on the road we are travelling, those of us who succeed are never without it.


Size : 150 x 130 cm (4 x 5 ft)

Medium : Acrylic on canvas

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PATIENCE (sold)

PATIENCE II ...coming soon 

It is Rage's virtue. We've all heard the phrase "Just count to 10..." Patience isn't idle, nor should it be thin, because every moment passed is a second to be counted. Patience doesn't spell surrender, but it means we must remember, what it is we're waiting for.

Only when we step back to see the big picture, do we forget the numbers & become the victor.

Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas

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RAGE (sold)

RAGE II ...coming soon 


Depicts one of the most powerful emotions that can either save us or destroy us.


Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)

Medium : Acrylic on canvas

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