Jana Brike, Invisible Strings, oil on linen, 15 7/8 x 14", 40.3 x 35.6 cm.

Of course, this is a connection between two lovers, two opposites, masculine and feminine, soul and body, metaphysically Sky and Earth. But one of them is disintegrating, leaving while still holding on. It is about loss but connection through invisible strings.

About all my paintings of lovers: I have a deep love and admiration for medieval Persian poetry (Rumi for example) for the way it approaches the life and art: on the surface level it is has a wonderful simplicity in expressing beauty of human connection, love, loss of love, longing and the nature in lyrical ways; on the other level it has a profound symbolical significance in every little detail, talking about spiritual revelations and blissful connection (and painful loss of one) to the higher consciousness. In other words, the very poetical and beautiful song of lament for a lost lover is not just that, but also represents the deep pain of separation and void of absence that human (the embodied soul) feels because of its separation from the source of all consciousness that it inherently remembers on a spiritual level.

It’s difficult to put in words, but I do feel it, and maybe therefore art is my best outlet.

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