Change of direction
I’ve been going to the New York School of Interior Design for more than six months now. Some of the great things I learned so was that I need to think wider They tell us to experiment, to get out of your comfort zone, to acquire new views. Here’s why I’m telling you this. I’ve always been an atheist and never considered religion as part of my life or work. This was before I met my Jewish teacher, Ms Roitman, who is not only an expert on contemporary art but also a wonderful person. She gave us a task to explore religious motifs and think about how we can use them in our projects.
In every confession there is a special place where people come to pray and mourn. For Jewish people it’s the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. It is not only a sacred place for the Jews, it’s a place of pilgrimage, and the symbol of national unity. Wailing Wall is a remnant of the Temple Mount in, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. Most people believe that the Wailing Wall got its name because millions of Jews used to cry at its foot over the destruction of the Temple. The architecture of this wall also amazed me. It is made out of huge stone blocks and nothing holds them together.
I began to think how you can incorporate such monumental piece into something more down-to-earth, adjust its immense power to the everyday life. So I thought about canvas wall art. Why not to use Wailing Wall theme in a painting? I googled large contemporary canvas wall art Wailing Wall. And guess what — I came across Leonid Afremov’s website again and founnd his Wailing Wall — a brilliant piece of contemporary wall art on canvas, that is definitely worth a look: http://afremov.com/WAILING-WALL-PALETTE-KNIFE-Oil-Painting-On-Canvas-By-Leonid-Afremov-Size-30-x40.html The Wall rises like a huge monument over an endless line of pilgrims which look so tiny compared to the massiveness of the Wailing Wall.
I made a great project of a large informal living room designed in the oriental style with beige walls, dark hardwood floors, and the Wailing Wall canvas on the wall that made a beautiful addition to the interior. If you, like the Jews believe that this sacred place possess some supernatural power, you can fill your home with positive vibes that radiate from the Afremov’s canvas wall art piece.