Tree of Life

by Alex Nodopaka

Regarding his work, the artist says:

Since no 2 leaves or branches in the world are identical why paint them when one can glue their symbolic remnants to the canvas! I always had a penchant for sculpture and atavism. The first because of the natural 3-dimensionality of the medium itself and the latter for the psychological multi-dimensionality.

And voila! Mixed media that is organic but not so acceptable to the world of the art cognoscenti because of the purists hiding behind each tree leaf and sheet of paper. I mean who needs termites or silver fish on living room walls? So, purists! Here's one for you!

The illustrated piece, in its simplicity, relates humans to trees, physiologically and spiritually. According to Carl Sagan, roots and branches, limbs and sap are symbolic associations of what is below so is above. The loss of leaves and their cyclical renewal is like mammals shedding their skin and replacing every seven years all the molecules of their bodies. A total renewal.

The totemic presence of the symbolic tree, in this case a piece of weathered plywood, was positioned, in a remote manner similarly to the stele in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Alexandre Nodopaka speaks Ukrainian, Russian, French, English & more after some Vodka. He was immaculately conceived in Kiev, Ukraine also after some Vodkahhhs. First breech exhibition 1940 Vladivostok, Russia. First finger paintings Innsbruck, Austria 1946. Studied tongue-in-cheek at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Casablanca, Morocco 1958. USA since 1959. Doodling since. Self-appointed as an art pundit. His interest in literature and the visual arts is exhaustively multi-cultural.