Let's step into a world where celestial symbolism intertwines with medieval artistry, as Yanka presents a mesmerizing diptych artwork. This masterpiece portrays the essence of Day or Sun through the majestic form of a Lion, while Night or Moon takes shape in the enigmatic mythological creature Sea Wolf.
Drawing inspiration from mythologies across different nations, Yanka's diptych artwork embodies the universal symbols of Day and Night. The Lion, representing the Sun and the radiant Day, has been revered in numerous cultures for its regal nature and association with strength and vitality. From the ancient Egyptian deity Sekhmet to the Greek mythological figure Hercules, the lion has held a significant place in myth and legend, symbolizing power and nobility. It's a reminder of the power we hold within ourselves.
In contrast, the Sea Wolf, an intriguing mythological creature embodying the Moon and the enchanting Night, weaves its way into folklore from various cultures. From Norse mythology's Fenrir, the monstrous wolf, to the Japanese legends of the Tsukuyomi, the moon god associated with the wolf, the creature has represented mystery, intuition, and the transformative nature of the night. But don't look it up in Medieval Bestiaries. It was created by Yanka herself by adding the element of the sea, deeply related to Moon by means of the tide, to a more conventional image of a wolf in the best traditions of Medieval Arts.
Complementing the profound symbolism and Medieval style, both artworks are delicately framed in antique-looking frames. These frames add a touch of elegance and authenticity, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the diptych. The gold-plated frame, cradling the majestic lion, exudes regality and grandeur, while the silver-plated frame embracing the Sea Wolf imparts an air of mystery and moonlit elegance. These antique frames provide the perfect finishing touch, showcasing Yanka's attention to detail and commitment to creating an immersive artistic experience.
The grattage technique she uses to create her captivating art also compliments to the feeling of authenticity, because the process of cleaning the excess wax to reveal the color underneath greatly resembles the process of lithography so popular in Medieval Era.
Yanka's diptych artwork is a magnificent fusion of celestial symbolism and medieval artistry, crafted with love and passion. It speaks to the depths of our souls, inviting us to explore the spiritual connections that transcend time and culture. With each stroke, Yanka transports us to a realm where spirituality and medieval art become one.
So, take a leap into the magical world of Yanka's art. Let the symbolism ignite your imagination and touch your spirit. Embrace the charm of the medieval era and allow yourself to be captivated by the profound stories whispered by her diptych artwork. It's an experience that will leave you feeling inspired, enchanted, and connected to something greater.
Written by Arf
Yanka started to draw again!!!!
I am happy to share with you that Yanka has recently started drawing and painting again and has even learned a new technique called 'grattage'. Grattage is the process of creating texture and patterns by scraping or scratching the surface of a painting using various tools such as sandpaper, wire brushes, or even the edge of a coin or a toothpick.
Many famous artists throughout history have employed grattage in their works. Max Ernst, a surrealist painter, used it to create abstract textures and shapes, while Joan Miró used it to add texture to his paintings and create interesting patterns.
Yanka always loved Medieval art and she finds it deeply inspiring. She decided to use grattage to create would-be woodblock prints and produced a series of colorful fantasy artworks inspired by Medieval animal art. The use of grattage in her paintings enhances their texture and provides an added layer of depth, which brings her Medieval animal art to life.
With only wax crayons and a toothpick, and with her fine skills and her talent, she created these artworks that are a testament to her love for Medieval art. Each painting tells a story, and her technique creates a unique texture that elevates the experience of viewing her work.
These three artworks are already framed and ready to ship. They are sold together as a tryptich, and you can buy them here or in our RubyLane shops (choose your option below).
More art is coming soon! Yanka doesn't like to show her unfinished projects, but I can tell you that there will be another Medieval dyptich 'Night and Day' featuring fantasy animals, a couple of whimsical cats and much more. So wait for it or write in the comments if you want to see it now.
Written by Arf - and occasionally by Yanka herself.