"But go out where the world waits for you like a garden."(Friedrich Nietzsche)
The paintings, that have been created over a year, combine three emotions: going on foot to the garden, Nietzsche's book on Zarathustra speaking, and the landscapes of Southern France.Going is an action in order to reach the place and stop. It was a content full of astonishment, fear and bliss that I cannot forget.
"Thus spoke Zarathustra" is a work that I was reading out loud, because it was the only way I wanted to read it. This was also the content I wanted to dive into with excitement each time.
"You please me, happiness! Instant! Moment!" ( Friedrich Nietzsche)
Southern France – its image, the rim, and the light – is an open textbook of painting. The landscapes of Cézanne and Van Gogh are before your eyes, and again there is the excitement, as if only you alone are allowed to get close to the overarching answer, to nobody's truth.
"Beyond the human experience, there is some kind of meaning." (Jorge Luis Borges)
The meaning of painting is the painting itself. This is nothing new: three colors, sometimes, look, only two of them. Paints, water, touching the surface, suffering, joy, swears, passion – there are a lot of points here, more than 200 ...
I was painting the pictures according to the drawings of nature and sketches. Later, they turned into fictional landscapes with endless gardens, endless graves.
The one losing eyesight looks into the distance, it′s easier this way. Between the Sky and the Earth, the line of merge shapes itself, and one more day that the world has lived comes to an end.
I seem to have come. To overstep the line is impossible. It is always in front of me, always different. And what's next? Back to the beginning – why did I decide to paint Going to the Garden? The wet weather, clay, smoke, and ash color became a starting point that one can take off from to allegedly get closer to something intangible and invisible, but noticeable and present.
Experiences, intuition and open conversation with the Master have led me to my soul pictures.
Artwork photographed by V. Ilčiukas