№3(59)
September 2017
ISSN
1990-4126

Russian

«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 40 December 2012

Fine art


Kvitko Anna A.

PhD student,
Siberian Federal University.
Research supervisor: Professor M.V. Moskalyuk, DSc. (Art Studies),
Siberian Federal University,
Krasnoyarsk, Russia

THE PAGAN AND THE CHRISTIAN IN CONTEMPORARY SIBERIAN ART (WITH REFERNCE TO THE CREATIVITY OF A. MASHANOV, S. ELOYAN, V. SACHIVKO)


The article is devoted to the issue of coexistence of Christian and pagan elements in contemporary art. The premise of the study is interaction between rather than contrasting of pagan and Christian imagery

To achieve this goal the author has reviewed the artworks of A.N Mashanov, I.N. Eloyan, and V.V. Sachivko that are more representative from this standpoint.

Using such works as "Saviour of the Apple Feast Day" and "Get Me a Star" as an examples, the author identifies the specifics of visualizing the idea of life and death cycles, and the relation of this idea to the cyclical worldview characteristic of paganism. The author reveals the characteristics of the Christian worldview as well.

In analyzing S. Eloyan’s painting "Winter Feast of St Nicholas" the author interprets the combination of symbols of pagan and Christian cultures as elimination of contradictions between paganism and Christianity. In general, this artwork is interpreted as a representation of a model of the Universe in which the underworldly, the worldy and the heavenly are symbolically united, and the axis of spiritual ascent is visualized.

In conclusion, the author analyses V. Sachivko’s installation "Seto: The Return of the Dream", where the cult of the earth is joined with the cult of Christ and the Virgin. According to the author, the Siberian land in this artwork acquires the status of temple as a sacred space.

By way of summing up, the author concludes that pagan and Christian images are closely intertwined, which demonstrates the coexistence of cyclic (inherent in paganism) and linear (inherent in Christianity) philosophical models in the minds of contemporary artists.

Key words: contemporary art of Siberia, archetypal signs/symbols, Christian symbols, pagan symbols, Siberian artists


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