This year I celebrated the 10th anniversary of the beginning of my artistic journey at Limmud Stockholm 2008.
The catalogue “for the Soul” is a collection of my main artworks with descriptions and interpretations as well as an invitation to create through sharing methods and inspirations.
My artistic flight took several turns.
I went to art school in Ukraine learning drawing, painting and ceramics. Yet the initial creative activation did not happen in school but much later in 2008 when I moved to Stockholm.
There I began painting what I studied then: the Hebrew bible, Kabbalah and Midrashic interpretations. This opened a gate towards painting symbols. I studied scripture every day from 9am to 4pm and went home by train to the island of Lidingö eager to see what these sometimes spiritual, but often rational insights would do with me creatively. Symbols contain the mystery, but painting symbols adds another layer - a mystery in a mystery. Especially in those long Scandinavian nights when it got dark already around 3pm I would spent hours painting, drinking tea and creating light from within, releasing the sparks within these ancient symbols.
For the first time I participated in group exhibitions, presenting my art to the Stockholm community.
The second turn came in 2009-2011 when I lived first in Vienna and later in Bratislava. This time I was working in business in order to sustain my artist life and painted at nights to keep the connection to my soul. I came home and completely lost track of time. It was like entering a different world as my work and studies were not directly linked to
my creativity when compared to the Stockholm time. Maybe that´s why I developed under these circumstances more than 10 different acrylic painting techniques and connected with my higher self through pure creative expression instead of being inspired by symbols.
Most of my artworks were dedicated to spiritual growth and finding a path to freedom.
The third turn took place when my husband and I got married and moved to Nepal. We volunteered among a marginalized people and lived in a small village, in a bamboo mud house on the foothills of the Himalayas. There I felt guided to enter a Thangka painting school, where local artists would learn this ancient and sacred art and create Thangkas everyday from morning till evening sitting in the lotus position. I felt immediately connected to the White Tara - a female boddhisatva and Tibetan deity of love, compassion and healing. Drawing the white tara based on the Tibetan method and sacred geometry is not just a meditative but also a healing process.
In the district of Ramechap I organized workshops for teachers in the field of creative education and early childhood development. And after work I came to the Thangka school to practice Tibetan drawing and painting techniques and work on my own White Tara. It changed me and I connected with the local Buddhist meditation practices. I started learning yoga and its philosophy and felt to be spiritually developing and vibrating higher than before. Later I would return to Nepal to learn Mandala painting at the Buddhanath stupa in Kathmandu.
The fourth turn of my artistic flight happened when we moved to Berlin. There I founded the LoveSky - Mindful Creativity Studio, teaching Tibetan art, acrylic painting, creative expression, Mandala therapy as well as mindful group sessions and team buildings. After the participants left I used the studio for abstract artworks dedicated to spiritual growth as well as Tibetan and intuitive Mandalas. It felt like a return to symbols, but more open and free than ever before. I exhibited more and reached out to new venues, galleries and art cafes. I started touring and teaching and guiding workshops all over Europe. I felt fulfilled when exploring. I practiced yoga more profoundly and completed a 500h yoga teacher trainer program. In 2017 I did a 10 days Vipassana silent retreat in Nepal to learn more about meditation and take my time to dive into this process deeply. In Vipassana you sit for hours and hours and just observe. In a way the unknown side within you becomes a piece of art.
All these turns made this flight a journey, although I hope to never cease learning. At times my work and studies supported my art, at times I delved into traditions, at times my art was my way to be free and spread my message, and sometimes I was just guided to destinations I would have never thought of before.
My main inspirations today are the divine, sacred geometry, and symbols but also the blessed union with my husband and my connection to nature.
I am happy to share my art and invite people to experience it directly at exhibitions. Since 2008 I have exhibited in Stockholm, Berlin, London, USA, Vienna, Bratislava & Jerusalem.
I am inviting you to fly with me through my art and my personal story.
This catalogue consists of seven chapters. Six chapters about each of my creative inspirations. In the seventh chapter I give practical tools for releasing your inner child and opening up your creative flow.
I hope this catalog will inspire you to create.
Looking forward to hearing from You.
A special March
This March began for me intensively and beautifully with -10 outside and a lot of + in my heart.
On March 2nd I was invited to lead a session for aprx. 20 women in my mother tongue.
On March 3rd & 4th I was part of the Femininity festival in Berlin. More than 70 fascinating, courageous, strong & sensitive women I have met during the weekend and with many of them I had deep & beautiful connections.
I was grateful to lead The Art of Gratitude Workshop, which was attended by 20-25 beautiful women, to whom I want to express gratitude for their openness, creativity, energy and courage for being true self at the very moment.
A beautiful and divine flow was going through during the both sessions, for which I am entire grateful.
Gratitude is the key to happiness, faith and peace of mind.▽ This practical & interactive 1,5h workshop used meditation, tibetan breathing techniques, creative exercises from the field of art therapy and positive psychology and rituals that participants could use in the daily life in order to bring mindfulness & gratefulness in their daily Life ☾
I feel , that for us, women, it is essential to come together and share mindful and deep times together.
I am sending blessings to all the women I know
Love & Blessings,
Artist, Alisa Poplavskaya, took part in the the international art show dedicated to "Love" at the Prinz Gallery Berlin, 2017
Two artworks of Alisa Poplavskaya were exhibited during the art show dedicated to Love at the Prinz Gallery in Berlin in 2017:"Roots & Wings" and "Flower of Life".
"Roots and Wings" artwork is showing concept of unity of Awareness and Energy, of knowledge and spiritual truth, of earth and light.
"Flower of Life" is symbolizing the spiral path of living, 'the more we grow up and the more beautiful flower we discover from within'.
Alisa was delighted to share her art during the art show and feel connection with artists and guests.
to return to the NGO Tevel in Nepal and offer consulting sessions as well as to conducting Gratefulness workshop in four communities with 24 fellows.
The fellows and I were sitting in a circle with a view on the green and brown mountains, where the clouds were sinking below into the valley, providing us with the feeling of sitting on a carpet made of white puffy clouds.
In front of me I had drawing paper, notes, more than 100 coloured pencils and few pens. These were the only material tools used during this 3h workshop, the rest was the magic of calm minds and loving hearts :) We started with a short meditation and breathing techniques. The fellows were open to take part in an activity so different from their everyday routines as volunteers living under harsh conditions. From faces full of concentration I slowly could discover smiles and warm face expressions. All of us have things to be grateful in life for. Don’t we?
All the workshops were unique, just like the fellows. In some the fellows felt calm and happy, in others mountains of ice between them started to melt and some truly opened up and shared personal issues in the group. Some workshops were concluded with warm hugs, a gratefulness circle, some with tears and some with the expression of true harmony, joy and relief.
We were living the “NOW” and my heart was filled with joy and gratitude for being part of this little magic. Transformation and reflection sometimes can just take a minute or two hours, depending on the direction taken. Our direction was: Gratefulness and appreciation of what we have in life and of where we are at the moment.
Having personal and group journeys simultaneously can be a very powerful experience. During each and every session my heart was filled with joy, because I believed in every moment of it and my heart was open.
Before the gratefulness workshop I was open for consulting sessions for fellows working in the field of education, youth and women empowerment. I hope the ideas and experience I have shared during this time with the fellows will be beneficial and useful in the beautiful and challenging work they do this year.
Открытие выставки избранных произведений наших художников состоится 25 октября 2014 г. в 19.00 в Art Center Galerie на улице Георгенштрассе 44, 10117 Берлин. Сердечно приглашаем на вернисаж всех членов Общины. Специальные приглашения на это мероприятие мы разошлем в начале октября.
За более подробной информацией просим обращаться к руководителю галереи, госпоже Гезе Коцо, вт.– сб. с 10–18.00, тел.: 20 05 94 82
Die Eröffnung der Ausstellung mit den ausgesuchten Werken unserer Künstler findet am 25. Oktober 2014 um 19 Uhr in der Art Center Galerie, Georgenstraße 44, 10117 Berlin, statt. Hierzu laden wir alle Gemeindemitglieder schon jetzt herzlich ein. Dazu werden Anfang Oktober für die Vernissage gesonderte Einladungen versandt.
Ansprechpartner: Geza Koczoh, Galerieleiter Art Center Galerie. Di–Sa 10–18 Uhr, Telefon 20 05 94 82
Art Exhibition, art workshops and sessions by Alisa Poplavskaya at Limmud Germany
This year´s Limmud Germany took place for the first time at Neuharlingersiel at on the Northern Atlantic coast. In previous years the Jewish learning festival had taken place in or close to Berlin.
Whilst the sea in late April was still much too cold to swim, the warmth had to came from within and from the passion dedicated to the activities.
I was happy to exhibit my brand you as well as my older paintings in the major exhibition "The Spiritellectual Art of Alisa Poplavskaya" which opened on the first night night of Limmud with 80 guests and stayed until the end. The word creation Spiritellectual was created to describe the mixing of abstract motifs from the midrash with colourful and emotional images, such as the "Pomegranate of Commandments", which previously had been exhibited alongside Marc Chagall's works in Berlin. The exhibition took place in the room in which the prayers were offered, supporting the kavanah of the congregation on Shabbat.
During another lesson I did, the participants were asked to reflect on the motifs of the paintings. A heated discussion took place on the connection of the path from slavery to freedom and the kabbalistic idea of the Five Levels of the Soul. Some felt that certain kabbalistic concepts should remain separate from contemporrary Jewish practice, while others believed them to be more accessible for seekers than a Judaism of mitzvot only.
In the CreARTiva Tikkun Olam session the participants were encouraged to explore their own spirituality. I hereby used the methods I had learned from working with Tevel Btzedek in Nepal. Most people who participated actively were in their 20s and 30s, so it turned out to be quite like a world cafe activity.
A special pleasure for me was the classes I held for children. Whilst I mostly communicated during Limmud in Hebrew and Russian, working with the children helped me to practice my German, as I have only been living in Germany for six months.
What fascinated me about Limmud Germany was the heterogenity of the German Jewish community and the influence of the Israelis who have moved to Berlin in recent years. I am happy to be one of the pioneers, along with my husband, in reinventing and vitalizing the new emerging narrative of this community.
Dear friends and dear people of mine, please let's stop living with our prejudices. By breaking free from them within yourself - you will realise how many new doors will be opened to you.
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I would like to express my deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to the ROI Community founded by Lynn Schusterman for giving me the opportunity to publish my first art catalog.
My art is rooted in the inspiration I receive through symbols and religious and spiritual texts such as the Tanach, the Talmudic Midrashim, the Kabbalistic Book of Zohar and other sources. My art has become an inner passion for a greater spiritual reality that exists in my mind and soul. For the last five years I have been exhibiting my artworks in Sweden, Austria, Israel, and Slovakia. In 2013 I am planning to organize exhibitions of my artworks in Bratislava, Prague and Berlin. The art catalogue includes artworks of mine, explanations and ideas. I am delighted to use the Micro grant for publishing my first art catalogue which is a great promotion material during exhibitions and will involve people in learning about Jewish culture, texts and ideas through art.
As a Paideia fellow I came across the concept of spreading Jewish knowledge and meaningful identity through Jewish literacy. Yet I understood that valuable Jewish texts from Midrashim or mystical sources are not easily accessible for many people in the Hebrew or Aramaic original. Therefore I wish to use the universal language of visualization in order to illuminate spiritual concepts and inspire the observers and try to make them understand that our Jewish tradition can be seen as a colourful mosaic. Text speaks to our ratio, but paintings speak to our emotions. And through using one you can awaken the excitement for the other, to be used in Shiurim all across the J globe.
Link to the catalog:
Pomegranate of Commandments
Acrylic on Canvas, 90x80 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...