"Ludmila Shumilova's work is delicate, exquisite, original and artsy" (Yvette Depaepe, editor of 1xcom Magazine)
The world around us is a complex story of mystery and layered realities floating in an ocean of light. Light is everywhere. The eye is a camera obscura making it possible for us to know the world through the presence of light. But there is also a light coming from within: the light of imagination which makes it possible for us to see what is beyond the visible. Through my photography I want to open a window into that space where visible reality meets the realm of imagination. I am very much drawn to an abstract, synthetic artistic vision that unifies yet reflects the complexity of our existence on earth. I am searching for a visual language that can express essential things with ease and simplicity.
My life as a full-time artist has begun late. Following a major upheaval in my life, I switched from action to contemplation in a couple of years. I decided to take an early retirement so to speak, leave everything behind. I downsized. I simplified my life style. I moved from vibrant London to the sedate and fresh Breton countryside, in the region of Finistère, to a small village surrounded by forests. Finistère’s etymology translates as “the end of the world” and it seemed appropriate and symbolic for my new destination. Change wrapped around me like a new coat: living in close proximity to nature, exploring the woods, the moors, the ocean coast, discovering new plants, insects, with the childish enchantment of the typical city dweller. I had time to reflect and reconnect with long abandoned dreams of being an artist. I started new projects: photography, drawing, painting.
My creative vision: nature up close
Flowers, plants contain the whole mystery of life cycles, of beauty and decay, light and darkness. They speak to us about interconnectedness and separation, boundaries and infinite spaces, birth and return to silence. If we really take the time to look at a flower or a foliage we see the same lines, shapes, patterns that define landscapes in nature. We may see a wave, a labyrinth of leaves or petals, a vortex drawing the eye into a mysterious darkness; the world of flowers mirrors our inner landscapes too; it seems to reflect our mind, its thought processes, dreams, memory in organic abstract shapes. "When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment", said Georgia O'Keeffe. I found a great fountain of inspiration in her portrayal of flowers. I painted and took photos all my life but it was the discovery of digital photography that allowed me to conceptualize the beauty of flowers and leaves, to reveal their essence in almost abstract images. I focus on the interaction between plants as complex organisms and the human mind, on how their presence and observation shapes our perception of the world and ourselves. I try to understand how flowers are mirrored by our imagination and projected back as artistic representation. Their shapes, patterns, colours, textures are closely related to their own circadian rhythm, movement, life-cycle but they may be also interpreted as messages written in an encrypted language and influencing our visual preferences in art or design. If you want to know more about my art please contact me.