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 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 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 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 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 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 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 earthand destroy all life, was made after the 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 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 a 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 on 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 crew whose members represent different classes, professions, social states, different ethical attitudes, personality types and all of 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 to 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 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 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 good moment for people to reflect about how do 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 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 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 dowe want to build "Arks of Solidarity " ? which ocean we will sail ? Ocean of cruel madness or ocean of fellowship? We can multiply questions, but we need find the answer in ourselves. Actions speak louder than words !
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch Water is one of the most important resources for human life and all living organisms. Unfortunately, the world's drinking water supplies are shrinking and resources are getting depleted from year to year. The lack of drinking water could be the cause of another global crisis. Water covers over 70 percent the planet's surface, but only 0.6 percent is drinkable water that can be used in households or for food production. There are also more and more regions in the world where the water is seriously polluted. In many regions of the world people suffer from insufficient drinking water because of unfortunate geographic location, progressive climate change, extreme weather events and improper water management. Many countries will have to face an unprecedented crisis. It is said that by 2025 up to half of the world's population will be deprived of access to a safe source of drinking water. Globally, we clean only 20 percent of all wastewater. According to analysis, the global demand for water will increase even more in the coming decades. The reason for this will be not only the growth in the world's population, urbanization, the higher consumption and migration of rural residents to cities. Shortage of clean water will entail problems with food and energy production. It is not too late - according to the scientists, new technologies, intelligent water systems and taking care of the environment can help avert this crisis and reduce waste.
In the last 50 years, 60% species of the world's wildlife has been wiped out. Hunting, destroying habitats by deforestation, climate change that disturbs the environmental balance have an impact on entire populations of various animal species and global biodiversity. There are animals that are threatened with extinction so much that in a few years they may not be here anymore, amongst others: Snow Leopard, Sumatran Tiger, Red Panda, Orangutans, Galapagos Penguins, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, African Bush Elephant, Rhinoceros. Scientists warn that this is the last moment to stop the progressive mass extinction. Let's look them in the eyes and protect them before they fade away.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in two sizes: Size A: 66x100cm | 26x39 inch Size B: 100x150cm | 40x60 inch The Deer is the king of the forest who represents the Spirit of Nature. The higher dimension of Nature available to those whose intentions are pure and whose hearts are filled with unconditional love and respect for the (Natural) World. When a deer appears to you, be thankful, because the gates of higher consciousness are just opening up before you. His horns are the crown on which moonlight and cosmic knowledge flows. Deer is also a messenger of serenity, can see between shadows and hear unspoken words. Thus, the Deer symbolism teaches us to maintain our innocence and gentleness so that we can share our open-heartedness with others. Deer symbolizes tenderness tempered with strength, grace, compassion, gentleness, meekness, and natural beauty.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in 2 sizes: Size A : 66 x 100cm Size B : 100 x 150 cm The Arctic is warming rapidly. Disappearing glaciers, sea ice and snow, what do these changes mean for us and the world ? 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 (polar bears, walrus, caribou, narwhal). The polar regions will look different in the future. For example arctic foxes are in danger of disappearing, the red fox is moving north outcompeting smaller cousin."Arctic foxes have a habit of building dens where their ancestors did, and they remain identifiable even after decades of disuse". What would happen if the glaciers and ice disappear completely ? It will have profound impact on nature, ecosystems, biodiversity and communities. Polar regions will become significantly different from what we know.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in 2 sizes: Size A : 66 x 100cm Size B : 100 x 150 cm 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 2 sizes: Size A : 66 x 100cm Size B : 100 x 150 cm This work is dedicated to the issue of climate change. Time and tide wait for no man. Every 1 cm increase in average sea level means that another 6 million people worldwide are at risk of coastal floods. Glaciers are retreating around the world (the Alps, Africa, Himalayas, Andes). Sea level is rising, more and more people and animals will have to look for a new place to live. Frequent typhoons and hurricanes are already causing floods and deaths for many people. What would happen if they destroy their property? Force them to move to other areas? The problem is not only the threat to human life and infrastructure. Salt water flooding the land leads to the degradation of agricultural areas. Salt water also goes to wells and aquifers, degrading the agricultural potential of flooded areas and the possibility of livelihoods of people and the animals living there. There is a lighthouse on the horizon which means to give hope that humanity will start taking care of the planet once called Mother Earth.
Edition: 10+ 2AP Available in 2 sizes: Size A : 66 x 100cm Size B : 100 x 150 cm This work is dedicated to burning Australia, facing with the worst wildfires seen in decades. Record-breaking temperatures and months of fierce drought have caused a series of massive bushfires across Australia. Over half a billion animals died in the last few weeks. Many Australians have lost their homes (only in New South Wales1,300 houses were destroyed), dozens are missing. Fire brigades are fighting to stop this catastrophe, it is said that so far the fires have burnt 12 million acres. The climate change becomes the reality to many countries and continents. My thoughts are with people affected, firefighters risking their lives to save animals and properties. This work is dedicated to Australia, but is also metaphor of other countries where such a tragedy did happen.