The main idea of this painting is to recreate an icon that I have liked a lot since I was a child and it is a very powerful image. The pantocrator of the Apse of San Clemente de Tahull. But he wanted to use a woman instead of Jesus Christ. As an idea of the important role of women in the world. As a creative mother.
She, like Jesus Christ shows The Gospels, shows a catalog of a museum. Why? Because art is the religion of many of us today and museums are our churches.
Why in Russian? There is no special reason. I took the Catalog of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and gave it to the model. But don’t you think the cover is amazing?
Why the birds? The pantocrators were guarded (surrounded) by the 4 Evangelists. Sometimes represented by their symbols: An angel, a lion, a lamb and an eagle. I have put two birds. Two ravens as two guardian angels. Like two warriors.
A specially curated exhibition to visually bring to life the novel, Spice Journeys.