"The Mythology of Oceans and Heavens"
This painting is an Orphic hymn
To the Ocean, where Life on Earth was born
To the Heavens, where many look with Hope for a divine presence
To the Earth, which gives birth to plants and flowers and gives us daily bread
This is the hymn of the sensual and spiritual life of the people
And to Love, which raises to the Heavens
Orpheus created a poetic and musical rhapsody about the creation of the Universe and appearance of Harmony, hence the French horn traveling amidst the ocean and possibly Orpheus himself, with the French horn instead of Cittern.
The painting offers you to embrace the vast space of ocean, which unfolds to the horizon with three mythological layers:
• Background: The birth of Earth from Chaos and characters from an early period (prehistoric fish and snail)
• Middle ground: People's mythological cognition of the Universe and Earth (Biblical, Indian, Aztec and Polynesian myths)
• Foreground: Our civilization with many myths
The general movement from left to right starts at point zero, marked by a Cosmic Egg. It travels the world-ocean, the cradle of human kind, to the Magic Bird - the symbol of eternal revival and immortality.
In many myths about the Creation of the World, from Egypt and India to Asia and Oceania, the Cosmic Egg, laid in the Ocean by a Giant Bird, shapes the Chaos. The Sun hatches as a golden yolk, dividing the Sky (male origin) and the Earth (female origin). Life appears in all forms, natural and supernatural. The Myth about the Birth of the World (left side of the painting) is easily turned into the symbolism of revival: The Phoenix, perishing in the fire, but appearing again from its own egg, simultaneously, a celebration, alike the Venetian "engagement to the Sea."
The exotic ship (Ark) with the leaf-like sail is situated in the center of the painting. It is a reminder of the events from the dawn of Humankind described in the Book of Being.
According to the Book of Being, Noah, and his Family, was chosen by God for his righteousness to revive the human breed after the universal flood. The Spider-Clock has woven his net on the leaf-shaped sail. If the Leaf, like the Tree, is a symbol of Life then the Spider-Clock records the chronology of events on Earth from the time of the Flood until the end of the ark's voyage. The current of time is underlined by the symbolic thread of Time woven by the Spider.