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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”.

Alisa Poplavskaya

 

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

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Ausstellungstipp: Helmut Newton’s Private Property & Polaroids bis 20. Mai 2012 in Berlin, Museum für Fotografie

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Helmut Newton, der ursprünglich aus einer deutsch-jüdischen Familie stammte, arbeitete größtenteils für die australische Vogue, bevor ihn auch die deutsche oder amerikanische Ausgabe engagierte. Zu Beginn der Siebziger Jahre etablierte sich Newton zu einem der begehrtesten und teuersten Fotografen im Bereich Mode, Werbung und Akt.

Bevor die druckreifen und endgültigen Bilder entstanden sind, arbeitete Newton stets mit seinen Polaroid-Kameras, um vorab einen Überblick über Faktoren wie Bildkomposition oder Lichtsituation zu gewinnen – eine Art Ideenskizze also.

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The Five Levels of the Soul (and the explanation)

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According to Jewish mystical belief and transmitted by Kabbalistic sages is the notion of the existence of Five Levels of the Soul. These five souls are in between the poles of Yesh, which is the world that we know, in which we exist as individuals being separate from the whole, and on the other end the world of Ayn, which is the cosmic soul of everything, or more in more biblical words, it is what we mean when we say G-d is everywhere. The individual being is like a sunbeam. It is unique and it exist as a „self“, but it is much more itself when it is in its source, which is the common sun where the individuality of the sunbeam dissolves in a higher „self“. The five levels in between this „I am a sunbeam“-process are Nefesh, Ruach, Neshamah, Chayyah and Yechidah. Nefesh can be seen as the life force, which keeps the heart beating and the lungs breathing. Ruach is the instinct that makes you for example look for shelter when caught by a rainstorm. Neshamah is the closest to our Ego. It is saying „I, me, mine“ and is a conscious and separate self. Chayyah is the beginning of cosmic consciousness. Chayyah understands that everything is connected, yet it also feels itself as a separate entity, but in unity with the whole. READ MORE

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ADON OLAM, ASHER MALACH, B’TEREM KOL Y’TZIR NIVRA. L’ET NA’ASAH V’CHEFTZO KOL, AZAI MELECH SH’MO NIKRA. V’ACHAREY KICHLOT HAKOL, L’VADO YIMLOCH NORA. V’HU HAYA, V’HU HOVEH, V’HU YIH’YEH B’TIFARA. V’HU ECHAD, V’EYN SHENI L’HAMSHIL LO, L’HACHBIRA. B’LI REISHIT, B’LI TACHLIT,
V’LO HA’OZ V’HAMISRAH.

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE WHO REIGNED BEFORE ANYTHING WAS CREATED. WHEN ALL WAS MADE BY HIS WILL HE WAS ACKNOWLEDGED AS KING. AND WHEN ALL SHALL END HE STILL ALL ALONE SHALL REIGN. HE WAS, HE IS, AND HE SHALL BE IN GLORY. AND HE IS ONE, AND THERE’S NO OTHER, TO COMPARE OR JOIN HIM. WITHOUT BEGINNING, WITHOUT END AND TO HIM BELONGS DIMINION AND POWER.

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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…
Alisa Poplavskaya

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Jacob’s Dream by Alisa Poplavskaya

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