IN SEARCH OF THE LOST BIBLICAL NOTIONS

The Biblical text attracts me with the information about Man, coded
into it, which reveals itself gradually during the process of reading.
My paintings, in fact, are my interpretations of the Biblical events
from the contemporary point of view.
I find my images juxtaposing the Biblical linguistic world with the reality, which I dwell. For example, I am curious to learn what happens today with the Commandment of God: “Love your fellowman as yourself”. How to follow it today?
The modern philosophers of the last century have replaced the word “fellowman” by “the other”. Little by little the word disappears from the contemporary language and together with it disappears the very idea of the “fellowman”.
Is it possible for us to love our fellowman, having not even the idea of him in our mind? We not only can not love “the other”, but we are afraid of him and our fear easily turns into hatred. It turns out that the very object of love of God's commandment has been replaced today by his antipode – the object of hatred.
This sounds disturbing enough to make me go back into the Bible world and look for a fellowman who still lives there.
Yes, my “fellowman” is an imaginary and symbolically-verbal creature, but when I depict his simple face, overfilled with strong feelings, never indifferent, I maintain the very idea of his existence. In other words, making him visible I resurrect him.

I could summarize that my creative work is to search and find the lost concepts in the Biblical text, that is to say, the concepts that have lost their authentic meaning, and to resurrect them, making them visible. Coming back to us, the “lost concepts” support our souls, enrich our life with nuances, give it volume and make it immeasurably more meaningful and interesting.
My meetings with the audience for more than 25 years, give me the feedback that this kind of intellectual work is of great importance not only for me.

Julia Stankova,
December 2018
Sofia