Alisa PArt

Alisa PArt

Alisa PArt

Alisa Poplavskaya is an artist and a founder of InteReligious Art Nuvo project for artists (art & charity) www.alisapoplavskaya.com


“Connections” by Alisa Poplavskaya

 

“Connections”, 70×85 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2012, painting by Alisa Poplavskaya

The fingers and hair of different colors represent people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

This artwork was created to bring up the importance of Unity among people and our connection with God.

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Seven days of creation in חי or חי in seven days of creation? by Alisa Poplavskaya

The Seven Days of Creation in חי or חי in the Seven Days of Creation? 

Acrylic on Canvas, 80×80 cm, Bratislava, 2012


This painting is based on the concept of the world’s creation from the Book of Genesis and the Kabbalistic concept of  חי (life, living, alive).

The combination of these two concepts in the painting represents life, as a state of being alive, in any possible intellectual and emotional understanding. In the painting there are day and night, water above and water below, an earth with plants and fruit–bearing trees, a division between light and darkness, the planets and stars, living creatures and human beings. The romantic story and the concept of love in our understanding enter on the sixth day. From this moment on the Hebrew Bible is not following the story of the stars in detail anymore, but follows conscious life on earth and the relations between the human beings of different genders: the beginning of the romantic story and a relationship.

The question “Seven days of creation in חי or חי in seven days of creation?“ points at mysticism and realism, not judging between theoretical life (in scripture) and the kaleidoscope of the colours in our soul. Time started before humanity, but humanity is the only entity to recognize it. Based on this you find the seven days of creation inside and outside the big חי. The mystical background are the five worlds and the five levels of soul, where the חי is the “fifth element”.

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Coconut.Just a matter of perspective:) by Alisa Poplavskaya

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“Freedom of Soul!?” by Alisa Poplavskaya

“Freedom of Soul!?”, acrylic on canvas, 80*100 cm, Alisa Poplavskaya 2011

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“Five levels of Soul” by Alisa Poplavskaya

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“The individual human being is like a wave on an ocean. From the surface each wave appears unique, independent, and transient. Yet beneath the surface all waves are one , interdependent, and eternal. From the perspective of the surface, each wave is born, runs its course, and dies. From the deeper perspective of the ocean there is no birth, no separate life, no death.

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Pomegranate of commandments by Alisa Poplavskaya

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Pomegranate of Commandments
Acrylic on Canvas, 90×80 cm, Stockholm, 2008

 

In the painting “Pomegranate of Commandments”  the pomegranate seeds appear to the observer as Hebrew letters, hinting at the notion of the holiness of language, similar to the idea that James Joyce had for his “Ulysses”, language is the martial art of our human spiritual eyes.

This is one aspect. Based on Jewish mystical scripture a pomegranate is the symbol of the 613 commandments in the Torah. There are two different kinds of commandments: The DOs and the DON’Ts that scripture can reflect back from the reality it stems from, be it real or a legend. The same division is also to be found in the “Ten Commandments”, where five commandments present the relationship between God and humans and the other five represent the relationships among people, which can be understood both in a religious or a Kantian way. These relationships are presented by the different branches and roots, which are either growing up or pointing down. The branches which are growing up symbolize our connection to our HIGHEST, and the branches which are growing down symbolize the relationships between people.

The path inside the pomegranate begins with dark colours and at the end it becomes golden: this symbolizes the Exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to the land of milk and honey. In the colours of “milk and honey” the observer finds similarities to a map of the biblical lands. Focus on the second glimpse…
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Jacob’s Dream by Alisa Poplavskaya

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Pomegranates by Alisa Poplavskaya

 

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According to Midrash a pomegranate has 613 seeds to represent the 613 commandments in the Torah. The design of the pomegranate was woven into the high priest’s robes, and brass representations were part of the Temple’s pillars. It is mentioned six times in the Song of Solomon. In different cultures this fruit represents mitzvoth and desire, color and taste, symbol and paradise…

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Paintings by Alisa Poplavskaya

 

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“Menora” by Alisa Poplavskaya

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The Talmud speaks only of the menorah made by Bezaleel for the Tabernacle in the time of Moses (Ex. xxxvii. 17 et seq.), which was later placed in the Temple.

Shema Yisrael (or Sh’ma Yisroel or just Shema)  are the first two words of a section of the Torah (Hebrew Bible) that is a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” The Shema is considered the most important prayer in Judaism, and its twice-daily recitation is a mitzvah (religious commandment).

In the painting the following symbols are presented: Noah’s ark, Shofar, Menora

In my painting I have tried to combine those symbols with a light of life (hai) and enlightenment of the way with the prayer Shema.

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“Tree of the knowledge of good and evil,12 tribes,three fathers”

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“The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is one of two magical trees in the story of the Garden of Eden”(Genesis 2-4)

12 roots represent 12 tribes of Israel, three branches – three fathers (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), fruits of the tree represent fruits of the knowledge, two heads of fishes represent good and evil and they are looking into different directions, but the only One is watching all the directions of our deeds and observe all the fruits of our knowledge.

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