FROM PAIN TO POWER
WHO IS OCTOPHINA?
Sophie Yotova aka Octophina is a Bulgarian self-care advisor, abstract NFT Artist, and mental health educator. Sophie lived with undiagnosed bipolar disorder type 2 and borderline personality disorder for 7 years. She uses art as a self-care practice, healing mechanism, and path to self-empowerment.
Fueled by her passion to resculpt her identity, rewrite her story, and redesign her reality, Sophie has been bringing innovation to the domains of self-care, experience design, and visual art since 2012. Her work is at the intersection of inner healing, creative liberation, and self-empowerment.
She is a trained journalist and certified Mind Body Eating coach by The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. She has 5+ years of international corporate experience in graphic design, PR, multimedia content creation, and techical communication and 5+ years of experience as a social entrepreneur in the self-care space. She is a TEDx speaker and Forbes 30 under 30 recepient.
Her work as a mental health educator is focused on facilitating difficult conversations about uncomfortable subjects in an inclusive and empowering way. Sophie facilitates open discussions and interactive creative experiences designed to raise awareness about mental health self-care among people in school, university, and work environments online and offline.
In her work, Sophie explores subjects, such as depression, suicide, cancer, miscarriage, and other painful, yet relatable human experiences as a way to raise awareness and trigger empowering conversations on difficult subjects.
ART WITH PULSE
As a way to start recovering from body dysmorphia and heal her toxic relationship with her body, Sophie creates therapeutic body art that captures the soul of the canvas and translates her inspiration into a meditative and sensual experience for both the artist and the living canvas.
The Alchemy of a Depressed Mind
SUPEREGO is a series of 8 multimedia installations that aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and promote art as a tool for self-discovery and inner healing.
Genesis NFT Collection
A constellation of multimedia psycho-artworks created between November and December 2021. In July 2021 Sophie met a psychiatrist who encouraged her to start making art as a way to express her emotions. Sophie used art therapy as a healing strategy for recovering from a 4-month long episode of major depression.
This collection of artworks is not about fine technical skill or attention to detail. It's the byproduct of a healing internal process. It's an act of self-empowerment, growth, and transformation. Each drawing is a stream of consciousness psycho-artwork that is a snapshot of Sophie's inner landscape at the moment of creation. Some drawings are the result of visual journaling, some immortalize an emotion or feeling during a special experience, and others are an act of recovering from trauma and healing old wounds.
Giving life to old clothes and using them as a wearable canvas for self-expression.
In the beginning of her creative path, Sophie was a prominent food blogger and social entrepreneur who taught kids and grown-ups around the globe to use food as a superpower on and off the dining table. She gradually expanded her practice and began using plates as a canvas for more than just food.
Creating edible art can be a surprisingly potent way to practice dynamic meditation, unleash the artist within, and create a deep and meaningful connection with the food that fuels the body and the mind.