Elaya & Alena Tel'pukhovskaya «Temple of Trees. Wood oracles»
The exhibition «Temple of Trees. Wood oracles» at Elena Vrublevskaya Gallery is one of those rare occasions in which art manages to inspire, surprise and open new inner spaces for reflection, all at the same time. The contrast between the photographic work, so rich in shades and nuances, and the paintings, almost iconographic in their directness, creates an aesthetic dynamic that is surprising and refreshing.
The photos by Alyona Tel’pukhovskaya transport us into a natural world that is full of wonder, a dimension that, as humans, we cannot fully grasp. The colors are those of nature but the plants, the trees, the bamboo have a quality that is almost supernatural. They are not static, they have movement and depth, as if to suggest that the are "inhabited" by forces that add a new meaning to our relationship with the plant world. It is a dimension of being that transcends our normal perception, and leads us to reconsider our conception of life, to look for that deeper, ancient bond with trees, whose memory is still alive in many of us.
The paintings of Elaya help us in this quest, deep inside our psyche. The precise, ancestral symbols of her compositions seem to have the power to touch ancient chords of our soul, to retrieve the essence of the relationship with all life, that as humans we have lost along our history. The colors she uses could not be farther from those of nature; for this reason they invite us to use our gaze to transcend into the world of ideas, using the symbols as portals, looking for the archetypical power to connect.
In this beautiful artistic endeavor, the artists have been inspired by the work of the Federation of Damanhur in Italy in recreating an alliance with the tree world.
It is clear that forests, grasslands, and underwater flora around the world are under severe duress from pollution, desertification, flooding, and the insatiable demand from humans for more land. During the last few decades, more old growth forest has been ravaged than throughout the thousands of years of human presence dating back to the Paleolithic period. Indeed, in the past 50 years, 50% of all the trees on the planet have been cut down. As Damanhur founder Falco puts it, “It was not the beavers.”
Under these conditions, and in particular because there are so few ancient trees left alive, trees cannot connect according to their natural and ancient ways. Since we humans are the ones responsible for this, we must take the lead in proactively enabling trees to regain their health and equilibrium in the same manner in which people everywhere are working with specific species of animals and birds to re-create and protect their natural habitats.
Damanhur began this effort to “orient” trees using a unique technique based on “Selfic” technology that was introduced more than forty years ago by Falco and which has been developed at Damanhur ever since. Selfica creates objects mostly made of metals and special inks that serve as conduits for highly specialized energies that can interact both with humans and the environment.
Thanks to human action and specifically-prepared Selfic objects that function as mediators between human energies and those of the plant world, this technique creates a coherent field among the trees, re-establishing their ability to connect fully to one another and to other species in common networks. In this way, through their sensitivity and specific intelligence, trees create "the largest and most powerful living computer" on earth, such that the trees’ intelligence will be able to elaborate data relating to our planet and provide an effective relationship with the rest of our living ecology.
Esperide Ananas, Damanhur