All my creativity has begun with the African fairy tales, these are my own «roots of life».
In legends and myths, customs and ceremonies of people which preserve ancient culture, we can find things that could be named the «roots of life» of all mankind. This is common energy field of the Earth and the integrated knowledge of mankind, grains of imperishable spiritual truth being hidden everywhere. We grow from these roots, and creativity helps us to be carried away to the sky like sequoia, to the light, to common divine essence which lives in each of us.
Illustration to the book of the nigerian writer Amos Tutuola about journey of Palmwine Drinker. The Drinker is a position in African society supposing constant degustation of palm wine which is made by Winemaker. Unfortunately the best Winemaker fell from the palm and died, so Drinker went to World of dead to find him. He had many adventures on the way, made friends with spirits or fought them, found the wife and eventually came to the City of Dead. Everything is going on in opposite way there, people are getting younger and then are born back in usual world.He found the Winemaker but he refused to come back. On the drawing the moment is depicted when the Winemaker offers bananas and wine to the Drinker and his wife near the walls of City of Dead. The dead people are watching it with embarrasment as they do not eat but spit out the food.
This artwork has been inspired by the wooden sculpture. I was amazed with combination of ideally polished face and rough branches extruding from the head like horns. Later I found out that they present such sculptures to the brides wishing they dreams to come true. I assumed that rough wood of horns symbolyze thoughts about future which are in the process of formation yet.
The form resembles some images of Isida and other gods of Egyptian pantheon, to enforce this I drew a moon between the horns. Dreams, animals, plants and peope are encoded in tapestry.
Every carver from the afrikan tribe of Makonde when he achieves highest professionalism in carving of ebony wood, is making the sculpture “Root of Life”. This sculpture is a result of the whole life of the Master, he expresses in it not only his own vision of world but also experience of ancestors and most important themes of mythology. Usually after executing this sculpture, master dies. For me, the master of makonde is a symbol of creativity and self-refusal.
In the composition of the painting “Master of creative forces”, the celestial Master is a reflection of the terrestrial master of makonde. The painting yoou could see in the gallery “Paintings”
Tanzanian tribe Makonde is known all over the world due to outstanding art of ebony wood Mbuti carving. In the tribe there is matriarchal organization, and that is why: the first man, fallen from the sky, was not able to make anything, did not know, what is possible to eat. So he would die of hunger and thirst if not met the first woman – Great mother who gave him food and drink and advised to do woodcarving. Since then, all women in the tribe since a birth are caled mothers, even those to whom the destiny has not given happiness of motherhood. Women take deeds and decisions, but they also make basic work. Men carve ebony and help on a homework a little.
Figures in a picture are stylized according to Makonde statuettes, the big head means wisdom, big hands symbolize force, big lips with corners downwards – thirst and a distress, big eyes and smiling lips – kindness. The vessels represented in the center – stylization of Tanzanian ceramics which usually is covered with the drawings scratched on raw clay. Drawings are always symbolical, sometimes they are of certain author, sometimes traditional, in some cases are related to purpose of dish, and in the some cases, to event for which it is produced.
In Nigeria hunters put on their head a dried bird called Kalao to approach the antelopes not noticed. The bird Kalao is like guard for antelopes and warns them of danger with her voice. Therefore, seeing easy walking «a bird кalao», antelopes continue to graze, others real kalao birds also do not notice a dirty trick because of a dense grass and the hunter remains not noticed.