Lilian Shtereva, born and raised in Bulgaria, is a New York City – based artist.

Her work investigates the simultaneous impermanence and tenacity of the natural world, while referencing her personal history and interest in the tradition of embroidery and textile work in Bulgaria. Sewing and embroidery act to transfer the artist’s intention and energy into the cloth in prayers of “well-wishes” and “protection”, honouring the reliance on and reverence for nature. Quilting technique called “trapunto” is applied throughout the work, constructing padded, soft volumes that resemble body limbs to create a “structure of comfort.