Eyes of Soul - artist statment
Art is a human domain which leads one to self-knowledge. Just as
true humor is laughter at onself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.
Since early childhood I was interested in unknown territories of the human
psyche. In the mid-1980's, I migrated to the U.S. where I continued
my pursuit of the "unknown". In the 1990's, I spent 2
years in the east. My interest expanded to eastern thought --
Mahayana Buddism, Vedanta, Taoism, Zen. Discovering that there never
was, is or will be any experience other than present experience totally
changed my attitude towards my life, my paintings, my reality.
Now "my way" to paint is to enter a process without
preconceived ideas. A lot of directions come from the
painting itself -- that is, if I fail to strangle them with my ego.
The art of painting to me is an art of seeing. On the level of
sensitive "tuning into the present moment", the visual journey
begins. I developed a method which allows me to alter my regular
state of consciousness. This method combines meditation with the
painting process, and it is possible via music or sound. I listen to
particular types of music (experimental, nature-like sounds (such as
water, the sound of crickets, etc.), organic, quiet and hypnotizing sounds
in general. This type of music effectively helps me to leave behind
my wandering mind and open hidden channels of my inner self, as well as
removing me from events in my immediate reality. The closest to me
is the music of Alio Die which resonates within me at very high
frequencies. It triggers to enhance my visual perception to the
point that it
becomes an effortless creative process. The painting is then
virtually "painted by itself". Alio's music strongly
relates to feelings, and the essence of art is to feel. So I put the
music on (usually looping it), and I start listening. During that
process, my eye and hand "tune" into the sound. I do not
focus on creating a well rendered composition, I just stay in
the present sound of the moment and follow the sound with my intuition.
I respond to the sound as it happens, and I do not interpret it. I
call this process VTS -- Visual Transmission of Sound. This allows
me to empty myself from my mind's content. I begin to merge with the
sound, and time seems to disappear. Sometimes my VTS session lasts
up to 12 straight hours. During this time period, I experience
myself being in different spaces -- ones that are not familiar to me but
which seem to appear like micro or
macrocosmic patterns, coupled with a profound feeling
of a mutual interconnectedness of all things and events in the universe.
The way in which one perceives the universe is always reflected in one's
art or creation. Art is the form of the ultimate inquiry into truth
and self knowledge.
I am constantly aware that there is much unknown territory which I have
not yet explored. I become totally absorbed, patient and receptive
to the most subtle energies coming through my body, and I rely on the
power of intuitive insight. I use my body as a flute between a
higher energy and the medium. In this state, I am able to lose
myself into the present moment. The famous ballet dancer Nuriejev
physically transformed himself from dancer to the dance -- there was no
separation between dancer, music and the dance: dance and dancer
became one. And so the Painter and the Painting become one.
I feel deep gratitude to all those artists, scientists, thinkers and poets
in my life who continuously inspire and enlighten me with their pursuit in
the search for the unknown and expansion of human imagination and