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.