Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at". Throughout history of humanity people of all centuries meditated "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?". What was at the beginning? Does the perfect world exist? In 1516 Thomas More published his book called "Utopia" where he described the concept of island with ideal system based on justice, solidarity and equality. Since that time the word "Utopia" express man's longing for a better world, life in harmony and coexistence with other people, animals and nature. The place where rivers flow with milk, lakes are crystal clear, honey seeps from the trees, no thievery or sin is known. There is no hate, no fears or punishments, no judgments. There is no wars, no walls, no weapons are made.There is peace, the land is fertile. There is eternal spring in nature, the climate is mild, it is the time of all abundance and prosperity. Synonyms describing Utopia could be mythical Arcadia known from ancient Greek mythology, The Golden Age or the biblical Garden of Eden (Paradise). My motivation to create "In Search of Utopia" has many aspects. Firstly, I wanted to stress the fact that nowadays many species of animals are in danger of disappearing and their global population has declined (among others tigers, polar bears, sea turtles, elephants, rhinos). I believe those animals are definitely looking for Utopia where they are respected and could live peacefully. Secondary, the animals pictured in my work are also metaphor of humanity because they symbolize and reflect the human instincts and virtues. Elephant manifests spirit of the forest, old wisdom, connection with all living. Tiger symbolizes willpower, courage, self-confident, bravery and personal strength. Wolf shows guardianship, loyalty, trust in his own instincts, heart and mind, has control over his own life. Fox possess a physical and mental responsiveness that makes him escape even the trickiest situations. Fox can also turn into a teacher providing guidance and finding your way around obstacles. Eagle reveals pure Spirit, connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird. Eagle symbolizes the importance of honesty and truthful principles. When eagle appears on the sky, it bestows you with freedom and courage to look ahead. Deer demonstrates spiritual superiority, regeneration, harmony, happiness, longevity. In many legends deer helps men to solve problems. Monkey symbolizes good luck, brings power, grace, curiosity, energy, good health and family protection. Panda shows ability to find a balanced path in life, gentle strength, perseverance, physical and emotional comfort when times are tough. Birds symbolize human soul, ability to fly, inspiration to us to aim higher and reach our goals despite of the obstacles, transformation, freedom and power. When we receive support from our guardian angels they come under the form of birds to transmit the message. To tell the truth, I believe that by creating art which transmits serious meanings and subjects, artist has the power and influence to force to reflect about ourselves and our planet. Point the attention to significant problems that world currently deals with. In this way my work "In Search of Utopia" refers to creation of better world, "home" and respect for all living creatures. No doubt, nowadays the world needs to face serious problems: plastic pollution, climate change, hunger, wars, animal extinction.. In our hands is the decision if we regards and treat our planet as a place to use and exploit or we prefer to search and by our acts - to build Utopia? in ourselves, in our minds, in this world. The world filled with wisdom, respect, responsiveness, loyalty and trust for us and future generations. Is Utopia only beautiful word, dream place ? or maybe when we as humanity start to search and approach to Utopia physically, spiritually and mentally, this beautiful dream one day become reality ?
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch In Tibetan Buddhist tradition Shambhala is a spiritual kingdom. Only those who have pure hearts, inner peace and are free from all evil find the way to this land. In the ancient language Shambhala also means "place of silence" or "place of peace". The inhabitants of Shambala teach wisdom, love, respect, coexistence and compassion. The knowledge possessed by the inhabitants of the mystical land of Shambhala exceeds the achievements of science and technology used by the people walking on the Earth. Legends say that the inhabitants follow the highest moral principles, are resistant to negative emotions, do not experience suffering, pain, hunger or old age. Love and great wisdom rule in this kingdom.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch Bison is associated with strength, safety, bravery, durability and respect. " Bison Spirit walks a sacred path, knowing the planet is truly a holy space and living creature. All things under Father Sky and on Mother Earth connect through Buffalo Medicine. The body weight keeps Buffalo grounded and sure. The creature’s shoulders can bear burdens with grace and balance. And the head represents using our mind and staying connected to our Higher Self. Bison’s meaning and symbolism are very family-oriented. These massive creatures protect each other with communal diligence. When something threatens that unit, Buffalo goes into action and can be very dangerous until the restoration of balance. When Buffalo travels with you, remember to live in gratitude and stay true to yourself. Honor the gifts the Universe bestows, and the lessons Bison teaches ".
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch Fox follows the mythical path between the underworld, twilight, lunar energy and female magic. Fox is also a descendant of the Sun, carries energy of the fire, shows loyalty, great courage, wisdom of instincts, symbolizes cleverness and the ability to deal with difficult situations. Foxes possess a physical and mental power that makes him escape even the trickiest situations. Fox can also turn into a teacher providing guidance and help to avoid obstacles. These spirit animals also reveal secrets: you can see well only with your heart, the most important things are not material and are invisible to the eyes.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch Before the world was made, the Great Creator floated on the Milky Way. That time from the stars that illuminated the darkness, the first Whale was born... Many cultures and their cosmology stories describe the beginnings of the world as an endless sea and appearing Whale who carries the world on his back. When Whale arrives and you hear the Whale’s Song take hold of the Whale's tail. He will take you to the safety shelter and will teach you how to begin navigating the turbulent currents of life, will teach you about time and space and that we are all connected, not just to each other but also to the natural world through all eternity. Whales are associated with protective instincts, wisdom, spiritual awareness, intelligence, communication, music, gratitude, transformation and psychic abilities. There are stories of whales offering protection to non-whale species. For example whales hiding seals under their pectoral fins when orcas are present. Furthermore, there are stories of whales who protected people from sharks. Whale as a powerful symbol of protection is remanding us to to be protective for those you love, friends and your community. For many cultures Whales are considered as the guardians of oceans and sea travel, water spirits who brings good fortune and happiness. Whales also symbolize long lasting Love, because they mate for life. Symbolizing travel, Whale is also considered as a talisman of protection for those who venture far from home.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch The term Golden Age comes from Greek mythology being the first and the one during which the Golden Race of humanity lived. It was the time of innocence, peace, harmony, stability, and prosperity. The first humans lived in harmony and coexistence with Animals and Nature. The rivers were flowing with milk, lakes were crystal clear, honey was seeping from the trees, no thievery or sin was known. There were no hate, no fears or punishments, no judgments. There were no wars, no walls, no weapons were made.There was peace, the land was fertile. There was eternal spring in nature, the climate was mild, it was a time of all abundance and prosperity. People spent most of their time feasting and enjoying. They could do it all their lives because their body was not subject to the passage of time. They didn't age.They lived to a very old age with a youthful appearance, eventually dying peacefully, with spirits living on as "guardians". It is said that that the place of the original Golden Age could be Arcadia or The Garden of Eden (Paradise).
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, to all the beings you can, as long as you ever can ".
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch Bear is one of the most ancient worshiped animals. Bears were perceived as incarnations of supernatural beings carrying the magic of nature and mystery. Bear is associated with wildness, strength, nobility, healing, warrior spirit and courage to fight. Bears are ultimate and fearless guardians when it comes to protecting their young. Bear as a Spirit Animal manifests primal forces of nature and the raw energy that lies within us. As an animal of the forest reminds us to stay connected to the Earth. Bear teaches us how to survive in harsh conditions and trust our instincts. Bear plays a very important role in the ecosystem because he disperses seeds protecting the environment and biodiversity. Because of the winter hibernation this creature becomes a symbol of rest, silence, serenity.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch Rhino is associated with peace, wisdom, freedom, stability, gratitude, longevity, peace of mind and confidence. Rhino is reminding us to use our spiritual eyesWhen we do this, we can see the truth and maintain a close connection with Mother Earth. They have a very close relationship with the ancient wisdom of the soul. In this case Rhino symbolizes peaceful shelter, When you are feeling insecure or nervous – think of the rhino, invite its intimate connection to stability, stamina and power.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch This work is dedicated to the recent rainfalls and floods, the worst in decades in Europe and other parts of the world where it might happen in the future. The inspiration was The Book of Genesis which describes a mythical floating wooden structure, which was built by Noah so that he could save himself, his family and representatives of all types of animals from the great Flood. God found one good man Noah, a righteous man and told him to build the Ark, so that the world could survive. The water covered the tops of the highest mountains, but after many days of sailing, the ark settled in the mountains of Ararat, systematically the water level continued to decline. Noah found a land and realized that the surface of earth is dry and he left the ark safely with his family and animals. Lion is the symbol of strength, personal power and wisdom. He is a guardian who protects his family and represents great courage.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch The Arctic is warming rapidly. Disappearing glaciers, sea ice and snow. If this process continues,the world will feel the effects of a warming Arctic: rising sea levels, changes in climate, loss of fish stocks, birds and marine mammals. Because of climate change, it is harder for the Arctic people and native species to adapt. The polar regions will look different in the future. " By century’s end, polar bears worldwide could become nearly extinct as a result of shrinking sea ice in the Arctic if climate change continues unabated ".
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch Vision of the world where animal rights are respected, there is no experiments on animals, no hunting, no zoos or use of animals in entertainment.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch Size C : 133 x 200 cm The Book of Genesis describes a mythical floating wooden structure, which was built by Noah so that he could save himself, his family and representatives of all types of animals from the great Flood. The decision to send the flood to earth and destroy all life, was made after God's observation of people's bad, corrupted behaviour, degeneration, tendency to moral evil, jealousy, hypocrisy, greediness and wars. However, God found one good man Noah, a righteous man and told him to build the Ark, so that the world could survive. The water covered the tops of the highest mountains and all creatures on Earth were killed, except those who found shelter in the ark. After 150 days of sailing, the ark settled in the mountains of Ararat. The water level continued to decline. After seven days, Noah released the dove and she returned carrying a fresh olive leaf in its beak, it was a sign that the waters had fallen. Noah waited another seven days and released the dove once again. This time she did not return, it was the sign she found land. Noah did realize that the surface of earth is dry and he left the ark with his family and animals. Then, God decided that he would no longer curse the earth and that he will never destroy everything that lives again. To confirm his promise, God made a rainbow in the sky so that people remember the eternal covenant between him and every living being on earth. Centuries went by, but unfortunately people did not do any better. Transformation was not successful, the final destination failed. Another Fall of Man was a fact. In 1494 humanist Sebastian Brant published his poem called "Ship of Fools". The theme of this poem is the journey of fools, dysfunctional crew, towards their promised land, Paradise of Fools. It is a ship with a crew whose members represent different classes, professions, social states, different ethical attitudes, personality types and all travel in search of happiness. But here it is time to ask - what is happiness ? Ship is also one of the most durable symbols of Western civilization. Athenian philosopher Plato, created parabola: the state as a ship. He compares a well-governed country to a ship piloted by the best captain. No one who thinks rationally would let him be the captain to a person who takes the leadership despite being ineligible. No, says Plato, comparing the state to a ship, the one who knows should be the captain of such a nave; the wisest man who knows the art of steering a ship (state), not a fool who can only talk and make false promises. Brant particularly strongly criticizes all manifestations of selfishness, avarice and greed, the cult of profit at all costs. When the desire for possession and consumption has dominated the whole society, Brant's main goal in creating the poem was to convince his contemporaries to direct their boats of life to the port of Wisdom so that reason and order prevail over the world.In the 15th century Hieronim Bosch painted his version of "Ship of Fools" where he depicted human greed, debauchery and covetousness that lead nowhere. Clergy neglecting their duties. On the boat Bosch pictured, the sin of immersion in food and drink is depicted by a vomiting man. Anger is illustrated by a quarrel of a rustic couple - a woman aggressively raises a large pitcher towards a man. The clown sitting on the branch, though absorbed in drinking, turns away from the submissive promiscuity of the company, symbolizing the social ferment at the end of the Middle Ages and announcing the doom that is the fruit of sinful life. Foolery is a world upside down, dangerous, unconscious. Fools are greedy, lustful, angry, constantly drunk, infidels, gluttons, scoffers. Who are they then ? And where they are going, not caring about the course of the ship ... ? Then the 21 century arrived...we already experienced wars, pollution, deforestation, climate change, the lack of tolerance and respect, burning Australia and Amazonia... and finally Corona virus which lockdown and put in quarantine the whole world. It's April 2020 and I think during these days that it is a good moment for people to reflect about how we treat our planet ? As humanity we received strong signal from Mother Earth that the present course of how we live and exist is a suicide course... New formula is needed, otherwise pollution, viruses, climate change, the lack of water...will have a deeper and deeper impact on us and future generations. Do we still want to sail on "Ship of Fools" ? or do we want to build a new upgraded version of Ark ? Ark which can be regarded as : shelter, asylum, sanctuary, sacred knowledge that cannot die, state, but can also be seen as a world based on solidarity after the virus. After every storm, there comes the sun.. when the sun appears again we will definitely wake up in a whole different world. Then we would have to ask ourselves - Where Are We Going? What will be the course of our future ? Are we going to build "Ships of Fools" or do we want to build "Arks of Solidarity " ? Which ocean will we sail ? Ocean of cruel madness or ocean of fellowship? We can multiply questions, but we need to find the answer in ourselves. Actions speak louder than words !