The Warmth of Home and New Dutch School Art Series
Everything is different this year. Our routine, our celebrations, our thinking, our perception. Just everything.
Fighting the array of darknesses – the literal one, the metaphorical one, the psychological one, the rational and irrational ones – we are getting into the new realms, often subconsciously, often involuntarily. When we notice, we are deep into the territories never explored before practically in anything that we all do: writing, painting, composing, creating, inventing, engineering, high-teching.
What pandemic upside-downing of our world, the global one, and billions individual ones, has done for us is the change of perspective and an accelerated search of new anything and everything. Very often, that new is a form. I think it always is a form, actually – because I believe that deep down, the meaning that we are looking for in our experiments, arts including, is primarily, if not always, the same, belonging to the same range of core matters.
Looking at the newly discovered prehistoric art in Colombia, that extraordinary archaeological breakthrough dubbed ‘The Sistine Chapel of the Ancients’ , I can clearly see that the meaning of the images created by the people in prehistoric age is absolutely similar to the meaning which we have in mind creating an artwork today. I saw there the groups of people of three, four and five, groups of birds, different animals, imprints of human hands, all this in variable messages of humanity, referring perhaps to a family, perhaps to friends, clearly to a household, and individual reflections.
I am not sure about ‘the Sistine Chapel’ in the midst of the vast Amazon forest, but a wealth of human approach in questing life by art images what we see there is all the same questions that were and are reflected upon by artists at any given time, from Renaissance to Warhol. It just confirms that in art, a form can – and must, for the sake of interest and vivacity – be different, but the essence is the same. It is humanity in its different aspects.
And now we are entering the eight days of Hanukkah when we will be hoping for a miracle as never before, all of us. Always coming in the darkest period of a year, Hanukkah is usually a celebration of an uplifted spirit originated from those eternal flames that we cherish from the time of the Maccabeans. This year, the eight days of our celebration of light in the midst of darkness are also close to mark the ending of this weird, impossible, so very difficult year of the pandemic. It is not only the virus that got pandemic, it is also prompted by it encompassing stress upon stress, fears, tiredness, isolation.
We are strained and wear off. We need a miracle as never before, in memory of three generations. We do need light in extra-quantities, metaphorically too. And we need warmth, the most precious power from the Court of Good, to comfort us, at any given time during this ongoing covid-marred life, and especially so during the Hanukkah this year which is another holiday to be held by the new rules which are as harsh as anything that covid-life dictates.
Recently, I have created a new series aiming to search for an emphatic role of a colour . The colour that illuminates different kinds of darknesses around us, both literal and metaphorical ones. But not only illuminates – because it is possible to have a light which does not provide warmth, cold light which is a frightening concept, to me. I was trying to create the warming up colours and compositions in these new series of modern still lifes, New Dutch School and The Warmth of Home.
Home is an important concept here, for both series. It comforts, and we all do need it today in a double measure. Thus, the subject of these two new art series has become the colour which enlightens at the home which warms up. By setting the artistic metaphor in the subjects of our daily life, I aimed to bring this enlightening and warming up colours of our home to everyone. And what is the best time of the year to do it other than Hanukkah?
Here, I have chosen some images from the both series to correspond in numbers to eight days of our celebration of light and its warmth, to present the Hanukkah diary in pictures.
Chag Hanukkah Sameach to everyone, let’s the light of our miracle be embracing, comforting and warming up us all.