The series of paintings « Grown-up Lullabies » is based on Tantric philosophy idea that the Universe itself consists of two Divine beings, a God and a Goddess, making love eternally. The Universe itself is a divine, infinite sexual act. These paintings are inspired by the thought that we are recreating the fundamental act of Universe in a smaller level. Our practical minds are capable to understand the overwhelming truth in the moment of ecstasy. You will find galaxies and supernovas dancing together with loving couples in these paintings. There are delicate flowers and roaring predators which reminds the fragile and dangerous side of passion. Let yourself be transformed by love !
When I looked at the pattern of galaxies in the Universe and the images of neurons and synapses in my own brain I was struck by their similarity. Everybody who has ever observed them must have had the same feelings, I suppose. Then there was this wonderful thought I read somewhere : if a man thinks with neurons in his brain, what if Universe is thinking with its stars and galaxies in his own cosmic time. Every time I look at the images of supernovas I feel they must be connected with passions of the Universe. They are either stars falling in love or stars falling out of love.
I learned a new likeness between humans and supernovas : when they grow old, they both grow colder. I was very sad while I painted it. The Universe is huge and furious, the beauty will soon fall apart.
I love to create an expressive, even dramatic texture in my paintings. They are multilayered. I combine thin layers of transparent color with relief touches with a palette knife to create a rich surface. Each painting begins with a choice of right canvas and making a right gesso for it. Each time the recipe is a little bit different as I play with gelatin, chalk and different pigments, creating a second layer of the painting. The composition and the universe of each painting begins a long time before the first touch of color.