- Following the Sun
- I have always been fascinated with the life of our ancestors, with their wisdom and their deep connection to Nature. The old songs and customs, the traces of the ancient rites that we can see even now give me inspiration.
In this series pf pictures I show the annual circle of celebrations, following the Sun, from New year to New year.
- The Mother Earth’s Birthday
In ancient time Earth was deeplyrespected as a provider of food and life, as the Mother of all livingcreatures. The connection and respectfor the earth was so deep that people going abroad took some native soil withthem as a talisman. The birthday of the Mother Moist Earth (as ancient Russiancalled the ground) was celebrated in the end of spring. That day anycultivation of the ground was strictly forbidden. It was thought thatploughing, digging and weeding caused pain to the Earth. To celebrate that day,people covered the ground with brightly embroidered towels and offered bakingand beer to the Earth.
- The Time ofthe Apples. Canvas, acrylics
The end of the summer, and the beginning of theharvest were especially important for the ancient Russian people. It was timeof celebration of the gifts that Mother Earth gave to people: fruit, honey,onions, vegetables, and mushrooms. People in response thanked earth forproviding food and life to them. Earth was deeply connected with women’s fertility,and often was depicted as a middle aged stout woman wearing wide skirt or as a henwith chickens.