About nature and its spectacle! Or, if you prefer... about the drink of the gods!
"We have drunk Soma and become immortal;
We have attained the light, the Gods discovered.
Now, what harm may foeman's malice do to harm us?
What, O Immortal, mortal man's deception?"
(Book 8, hymn 4, stanza 3, Rig Veda, the Vedas - the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism)
This mushroom painting depicts the basic ingredient of the ancient ritual drink of the gods - Soma - an intoxicating ritual drink, which was thought to give divine powers to those who drank it, as the ancient sacred text of the Rig Veda shows.
Hundreds of years won't be enough to describe the fullness of the experience of a single minute of the ritual:
The beginning - optical illusions - delight in seeing the boundless succession of rows of trees in the nearby forest...
Then, the silent and breathtaking majesty of thousands of layers...heaven upon heaven...the next moment...something powerfull, mistic, unheard of, not existing on this plane of existence will appear...a Good maybe?
The expectation remains as a presentiment...as an ultimate feeling...
This Soma ceremony represents a glorious transmutation process: nature's gift of Amanita muscaria is multiplied, strengthened, and self purified, giving oneself a psychedelic experience, infinite possibilities, a journey to the unknown, a closeup into a realm of magic, the sense of total freedom...
Destiny and death...long after Amanita muscaria and soma have passed into history...but this time used by the privileged and powerful for its culinary proprieties: the last meal eaten by King Charles VI of Hungary, at an opulent and exquisite banquet.
"This dish of mushrooms changed the destiny of Europe."
(Voltaire noted in his journal, at the time)
Style: Abstract painting, mushroom painting
Technique: Oil painting on canvas.
Dimensions: 60 x 60 cm
Artist: contemporary artist, Romanian painter – Stefania Nistoreanu