With elements of subtle allegory, Nikolina expresses her eerie visions by guiding a viewer on a journey through visionary interpretations of her fictional worlds. Her profound detailed compositions have been recognized by Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as private collectors worldwide and luxury venues such as Seabourn and Marriot autograph collection. Nikolina's work has gained multiple international awards and has been exhibited globally, in galleries and museums of Europe, USA and Asia.

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Time was unmoving since the woman last saw her heart, which had taken the form of a pear. It remained lost to her for so long that she scarcely recalled the feeling of having it. She had heard that the Black Swan had discovered her heart and, in possessing it, turned it into a vision of himself. At first, having an identical twin lessened his loneliness.

He could talk to the vision and hear the echoes of himself, and he could pretend that he was no longer a solitary creature, but only for a short time. One night the Black Swan opened the door and looked out at the horizon, holding the mountain light and the full moon on its back, a home where other black swans had once resided.

He began to imagine a Swan Heaven, a place where he could be understood more deeply. Among the beauty of the stars and the outpouring of the universe, the dream came to him about leaving the palace and searching for his lost soul elsewhere. He mused about the Swan Heaven until he looked around and saw only his shadow. The magic of the pear-heart had dimmed for the Black Swan and he tired of the use of its enchantment. He abandoned the heart there in the room with the view where strange flowers grew.

Silent Travelers. An eerie atmosphere hangs in the air where these personified creatures dwell amongst overgrown interiors, lush gardens and symbolic elements, all of which are protagonists, in this (anti) utopian world.

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The last time the woman had seen her heart was many moons ago. She had been careless, and one day, she woke up without it, feeling an emptiness. It took the shape of a pear and was hidden somewhere, nowhere to be found. She travelled and searched in many places and distant lands, hoping to find it, to find her essence. She heard whispers that once you put down roots, you would find your heart, in that place, there was no need to go to faraway lands.

In the hope of finding her lost heart, the woman put down her roots. She turned into a tree
// III. Whispers // This artwork is specifically created for the genesis series “In the shadows”, and is based on Tale of the Blue Pear, a multi-awarded series about a woman who has lost her heart, and enters a parallel universe, hoping to find it again. There she finds talking animals, strange characters, giant beings, superpowers, as well as her own alter egos. With subtle elements of allegory and irony, this visual story raises questions about our own lives and the never-ending quest for inner peace and happiness.

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On the seventh night, the sky was clear, and the moon was in its last quarter. The woman was still missing her lost heart, her very essence, that had taken the form of a pear. It disappeared so long ago, she could hardly remember what it was like when it was hers. She had heard that the day before, a lamentation of swans had seen her heart at the bottom of the lake. The woman couldn’t find the swans, but she hoped if she willed them, they would appear and show her the way. Her eyes closed.

The sound of water echoed the room
// II. The Swan Lake // This artwork is specifically created for the genesis series “In the shadows”, and is based on Tale of the Blue Pear, a multi-awarded series about a woman who has lost her heart, and enters a parallel universe, hoping to find it again. There she finds talking animals, strange characters, giant beings, superpowers, as well as her own alter egos. With subtle elements of allegory and irony, this visual story raises questions about our own lives and the never-ending quest for inner peace and happiness.

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