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Artist Feature # 10 – Diana Wolf

ART-IS-IN by Chriselda Barretto

About Diana Wolf

  • Born in 1981 in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1997-2003 master’s degree in architecture,University of Construction & Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2008-2011 MBA Real Estate & Construction Management, University College of Estate
    Management, Reading, UK
  • 2012 Postgraduate Diploma Project management, RICS, GB

Exhibitions:
2020 Aug.22 – Sept.4 , group exhibition ROTER FADEN, KreativRaum Galerie – Vienna, Austria
2020 Aug.20-24, SWISSARTEXPO-ARTBOX.PROJECT Zurich 2.0, Zurich Main Station, Switzerland
2016 Oct.-Nov., solo exhibition THE LIPS, Kaiserwasser Bank Austria Center, Vienna, Austria
2015, Oct. 16-22, group exhibition SMALL, Kunstraum SUPER,Vienna, Austria
2014 Dec.-2015 mid.Jan., one artwork show LIPS ZERO, HILLINGER, Vienna, Austria
2000, group photo exhibition, Photo club, Kiev, Ukraine
2000, group photo exhibition, Consulate of Ukraine, Dubai, UAE
1999, solo photo exhibition COLOR OF MY PHILOSOPHY, Photo Studio Fuji, Kiev, Ukraine


*Artwork LIPS has been featured @ ‘Gifts for Lovers’ Collection as part of Saatchi Art’s 2015 Gift Guide Collections http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Drawing/Gifts-for-Lovers/722504/119380/view


*Artist photographs have been featured in several Ukrainian art&design magazines: ‘SALON’, ‘Photo-magazin’, ‘STOL&STUL’.


*Artworks are in private collections in Canada, Great Britain, Austria, Ukraine, Italy, Switzerland, USA


Hi Diana, thank you for joining me on Art-Is-In! Could you please tell our readers a little bit about who you are?

Hi Chriselda, I am honoured to be invited on Art-Is-In! I am a Vienna based multidisciplinary artist with the background in architecture, interior design, property and project management. I come from a family where culture was always highly appreciated. My mom is a civil engineer, my father is an architect and he taught me drawing and painting in my very childhood.

I still recall the visits to the Hermitage museum, seeing ‘Don Quixote’ ballet on the stage of Mariinski Theatre in St.Petersburg when I was 5 years old, which left an unforgettable impression on me.

I played violin professionally for 10 years in the music school and risked pursuing a musical career, but my destiny decided differently. Creativity was always present in me…

Diana Wolf

I had my first solo photo-exhibition and created women fashion collections during my university years.

What is your art style or process about?

Lilac horse

I call my style – ‘eclectic deconstructivism ‘. The idea of fragmentation of the object into components and revitalizing it on the canvas or in sculpture, maintaining the harmony and continuity despite the loss of symmetry is crucial to most of my artworks. Through the juxtaposition of realistic and ‘disassembled’ elements and forms combined with the playful tone and vibrant color palette the recent series explores the mixed visual effects.

You do paintings, illustrations, photography and sculptures! Take us through them and which one is your most preferred art expression?

Photography was my student interest. It was exciting to explore the possibilities of objects, colors, light and shade. Finding the beauty in routine objects and landscapes surrounding us.

Gradually my interest in unleashing the possibilities of playing around with forms and volumes has brought me to drawing and more complex oil and acrylic painting, culminating into trying out the sculpture. Still my preferred way of art expression is painting .

Where does your inspiration come from?

My universe of inspiration stems from contemporary women, a specific mood, artworks of my favourite artists, architecture, cities, music, nature and especially flowers. I construct and advocate the positive aesthetics and my feminine depiction of the surrounding experiences.

Only for us

Diana, you have a background in architecture and interior design. How has this influenced you when creating your own designs?

My studies and working experience as an architect and interior designer were a life-changing experience for me. History of arts and architecture, a variety of technical subjects have built the base for my way of seeing and understanding the art. In my artworks I am always intuitively applying the gained knowledge of composition, proportions, color-coordination, rhythm.

How did you learn/acquire your technique?

It all comes via sketching when the ideas pop up. As well as constant curiosity in the new materials and technologies. I am thrilled to explore the new materials – now, for instance, I am trying out epoxy resin.

How has art impacted your life?

Looking back I can definitely state that art had given me a higher sensitivity towards many cross-cultural and inter-personal aspects. Art feeds my mind and my soul. The process of creating an artwork is a sort of meditation for me.

Tell us a bit about your last work.

Lost in your lips

In my latest series I explore the relationship between shape, colour, texture, realism and abstraction. I reflected the beauty and richness of our diversity expressed in different forms. I have explored the possibilities of mixing deconstructivism and reality as a medium of the representation of reality.

I use a lot of gilding in order to make my artworks shine, sparkle and reflect the changing daylight in my customers’ interiors, just like the precious jewellery in the jewellery box.

What are you currently working on?

Something quite new is under preparation – new series of paintings for the October 2020 exhibition. The ideas that have been cooking for quite some time and new techniques will be used. I want to surprise my audience.

You seem to hold a fascination for lips! Is it true and tell us why?

My artworks often explore the relationship between contemporary women’s appearances, their strength, their fragility, their freedom and their emotions. As for me the lips are the door of the person’s sensuality. Lipstick is so often used to underline the lips as a beautiful facade of eminently personal and original aesthetics. What do we see beyond the red lips on the lips of a woman? Do we feel her vibe? Do we understand her mind?

The Lips Collage

In my artworks the sensuality, the sensation, the passionate stories of the lips are conveyed when the real shape of lips disappear within the deconstructivism in order to be discovered again…similar to the sense and the signs which are transmitted via the lipstick applied on the lips.

I love “Majestic Flamingos”! How long did it take you to complete it and what process did you go through to get it completed?

Majestic Flamingos

I appreciate that. This artwork is one of my favourites. It was inspired by the vacation mood and dream of visiting Cuba and seeing the Caribbean flamingos there at Río Máximo. It took me over a month to complete this artwork. Several different layers of colors have been applied to create the final surface texture and convey the feeling of these majestic birds enjoying themselves in the water.

Some of your paintings are on a round canvas? Is it more difficult and how do you manage to keep it looking so clean and elegant?

In my blossoming dream

It has been a long time since I wanted to try the different shapes of canvas. Round canvas has a perfect proportion and ideal shape. Though it is harder to find the best composition on it. It requires a lot of effort to create the gilding surface. I strive for perfectionism and quite often there are two – three layers of gilding on each painting, to make it look polished and refined.

What does the future look like for you and your art?

I keep developing my art daily. Stability in creativity is the absolute necessity in reaching the goals. Currently there are several other ongoing projects in Luxemburg, China and Austria.

August 2020 is very fruitful to me, my artworks take part in two exhibitions. One is the group exhibition ROTER FADEN – in the contemporary KreativRaum Galerie in the heart of Vienna. Another one takes place in Zurich, as part of SWISSARTEXPO. Part of the funds from the sold artworks at ROTER FADEN exhibition will be donated to the Tabletochki Charity Foundation, which is fighting the child cancer in Ukraine.

Are there other artists/ architects that have influenced you and your work?

Naturally, the influence of my architectural education on me as a creative person is enormous. I admire the Soviet constructivism ( El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin) and the incredible balances & disbalances of deconstructivism architecture of Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry.

Another my favourite architect is the genius Antoni Gaudí. I am fascinated by the paintings of Tamara de Lempicka and Pablo Picasso, as well as Ukrainian folk art painter, representative of naïve art – Maria Prymachenko.

Flame

Some words of advice to aspiring artists.

Keep creating daily, visit museums and different exhibitions, study the history of arts. Travel, discover new countries and cultures, meet new people, read as much as you can. Look for inspiration in various fields and look with the curiosity into the future. Be courageous,persistent and never give up.

Would you like to share any more information with our readers?

I find it amazing that nowadays more and more people are interested in arts, are getting involved into cultural activities, support the emerging artists and promote creativity.
Art enriches our daily existence , broadens our horizons and refines us as personalities.

-ART_SPEC by DKW
-Materials of AD Middle East 
-Photo by Ingrid Rasmussen Photography 
-Home of Arwa Hafiz

How can our readers contact you or find your art?

My art can be found at :

https://dkw.gallery/

https://www.saatchiart.com/dkw and

Contact me at: office@dkw.gallery for inquiries.


Choose DKW art at “Saatchiart” and get 10% off on original artworks of €850+ with the special promotion code ANNIVERSARY10

Diana Wolf

An Artist Feature by Chriselda Barretto

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Artist Feature # 10 – Diana Wolf

ART-IS-IN by Chriselda Barretto

About Diana Wolf

  • Born in 1981 in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1997-2003 master’s degree in architecture,University of Construction & Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2008-2011 MBA Real Estate & Construction Management, University College of Estate
    Management, Reading, UK
  • 2012 Postgraduate Diploma Project management, RICS, GB

Exhibitions:
2020 Aug.22 – Sept.4 , group exhibition ROTER FADEN, KreativRaum Galerie – Vienna, Austria
2020 Aug.20-24, SWISSARTEXPO-ARTBOX.PROJECT Zurich 2.0, Zurich Main Station, Switzerland
2016 Oct.-Nov., solo exhibition THE LIPS, Kaiserwasser Bank Austria Center, Vienna, Austria
2015, Oct. 16-22, group exhibition SMALL, Kunstraum SUPER,Vienna, Austria
2014 Dec.-2015 mid.Jan., one artwork show LIPS ZERO, HILLINGER, Vienna, Austria
2000, group photo exhibition, Photo club, Kiev, Ukraine
2000, group photo exhibition, Consulate of Ukraine, Dubai, UAE
1999, solo photo exhibition COLOR OF MY PHILOSOPHY, Photo Studio Fuji, Kiev, Ukraine


*Artwork LIPS has been featured @ ‘Gifts for Lovers’ Collection as part of Saatchi Art’s 2015 Gift Guide Collections http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Drawing/Gifts-for-Lovers/722504/119380/view


*Artist photographs have been featured in several Ukrainian art&design magazines: ‘SALON’, ‘Photo-magazin’, ‘STOL&STUL’.


*Artworks are in private collections in Canada, Great Britain, Austria, Ukraine, Italy, Switzerland, USA


Hi Diana, thank you for joining me on Art-Is-In! Could you please tell our readers a little bit about who you are?

Hi Chriselda, I am honoured to be invited on Art-Is-In! I am a Vienna based multidisciplinary artist with the background in architecture, interior design, property and project management. I come from a family where culture was always highly appreciated. My mom is a civil engineer, my father is an architect and he taught me drawing and painting in my very childhood.

I still recall the visits to the Hermitage museum, seeing ‘Don Quixote’ ballet on the stage of Mariinski Theatre in St.Petersburg when I was 5 years old, which left an unforgettable impression on me.

I played violin professionally for 10 years in the music school and risked pursuing a musical career, but my destiny decided differently. Creativity was always present in me…

Diana Wolf

I had my first solo photo-exhibition and created women fashion collections during my university years.

What is your art style or process about?

Lilac horse

I call my style – ‘eclectic deconstructivism ‘. The idea of fragmentation of the object into components and revitalizing it on the canvas or in sculpture, maintaining the harmony and continuity despite the loss of symmetry is crucial to most of my artworks. Through the juxtaposition of realistic and ‘disassembled’ elements and forms combined with the playful tone and vibrant color palette the recent series explores the mixed visual effects.

You do paintings, illustrations, photography and sculptures! Take us through them and which one is your most preferred art expression?

Photography was my student interest. It was exciting to explore the possibilities of objects, colors, light and shade. Finding the beauty in routine objects and landscapes surrounding us.

Gradually my interest in unleashing the possibilities of playing around with forms and volumes has brought me to drawing and more complex oil and acrylic painting, culminating into trying out the sculpture. Still my preferred way of art expression is painting .

Where does your inspiration come from?

My universe of inspiration stems from contemporary women, a specific mood, artworks of my favourite artists, architecture, cities, music, nature and especially flowers. I construct and advocate the positive aesthetics and my feminine depiction of the surrounding experiences.

Only for us

Diana, you have a background in architecture and interior design. How has this influenced you when creating your own designs?

My studies and working experience as an architect and interior designer were a life-changing experience for me. History of arts and architecture, a variety of technical subjects have built the base for my way of seeing and understanding the art. In my artworks I am always intuitively applying the gained knowledge of composition, proportions, color-coordination, rhythm.

How did you learn/acquire your technique?

It all comes via sketching when the ideas pop up. As well as constant curiosity in the new materials and technologies. I am thrilled to explore the new materials – now, for instance, I am trying out epoxy resin.

How has art impacted your life?

Looking back I can definitely state that art had given me a higher sensitivity towards many cross-cultural and inter-personal aspects. Art feeds my mind and my soul. The process of creating an artwork is a sort of meditation for me.

Tell us a bit about your last work.

Lost in your lips

In my latest series I explore the relationship between shape, colour, texture, realism and abstraction. I reflected the beauty and richness of our diversity expressed in different forms. I have explored the possibilities of mixing deconstructivism and reality as a medium of the representation of reality.

I use a lot of gilding in order to make my artworks shine, sparkle and reflect the changing daylight in my customers’ interiors, just like the precious jewellery in the jewellery box.

What are you currently working on?

Something quite new is under preparation – new series of paintings for the October 2020 exhibition. The ideas that have been cooking for quite some time and new techniques will be used. I want to surprise my audience.

You seem to hold a fascination for lips! Is it true and tell us why?

My artworks often explore the relationship between contemporary women’s appearances, their strength, their fragility, their freedom and their emotions. As for me the lips are the door of the person’s sensuality. Lipstick is so often used to underline the lips as a beautiful facade of eminently personal and original aesthetics. What do we see beyond the red lips on the lips of a woman? Do we feel her vibe? Do we understand her mind?

The Lips Collage

In my artworks the sensuality, the sensation, the passionate stories of the lips are conveyed when the real shape of lips disappear within the deconstructivism in order to be discovered again…similar to the sense and the signs which are transmitted via the lipstick applied on the lips.

I love “Majestic Flamingos”! How long did it take you to complete it and what process did you go through to get it completed?

Majestic Flamingos

I appreciate that. This artwork is one of my favourites. It was inspired by the vacation mood and dream of visiting Cuba and seeing the Caribbean flamingos there at Río Máximo. It took me over a month to complete this artwork. Several different layers of colors have been applied to create the final surface texture and convey the feeling of these majestic birds enjoying themselves in the water.

Some of your paintings are on a round canvas? Is it more difficult and how do you manage to keep it looking so clean and elegant?

In my blossoming dream

It has been a long time since I wanted to try the different shapes of canvas. Round canvas has a perfect proportion and ideal shape. Though it is harder to find the best composition on it. It requires a lot of effort to create the gilding surface. I strive for perfectionism and quite often there are two – three layers of gilding on each painting, to make it look polished and refined.

What does the future look like for you and your art?

I keep developing my art daily. Stability in creativity is the absolute necessity in reaching the goals. Currently there are several other ongoing projects in Luxemburg, China and Austria.

August 2020 is very fruitful to me, my artworks take part in two exhibitions. One is the group exhibition ROTER FADEN – in the contemporary KreativRaum Galerie in the heart of Vienna. Another one takes place in Zurich, as part of SWISSARTEXPO. Part of the funds from the sold artworks at ROTER FADEN exhibition will be donated to the Tabletochki Charity Foundation, which is fighting the child cancer in Ukraine.

Are there other artists/ architects that have influenced you and your work?

Naturally, the influence of my architectural education on me as a creative person is enormous. I admire the Soviet constructivism ( El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin) and the incredible balances & disbalances of deconstructivism architecture of Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry.

Another my favourite architect is the genius Antoni Gaudí. I am fascinated by the paintings of Tamara de Lempicka and Pablo Picasso, as well as Ukrainian folk art painter, representative of naïve art – Maria Prymachenko.

Flame

Some words of advice to aspiring artists.

Keep creating daily, visit museums and different exhibitions, study the history of arts. Travel, discover new countries and cultures, meet new people, read as much as you can. Look for inspiration in various fields and look with the curiosity into the future. Be courageous,persistent and never give up.

Would you like to share any more information with our readers?

I find it amazing that nowadays more and more people are interested in arts, are getting involved into cultural activities, support the emerging artists and promote creativity.
Art enriches our daily existence , broadens our horizons and refines us as personalities.

-ART_SPEC by DKW
-Materials of AD Middle East 
-Photo by Ingrid Rasmussen Photography 
-Home of Arwa Hafiz

How can our readers contact you or find your art?

My art can be found at :

https://dkw.gallery/

https://www.saatchiart.com/dkw and

Contact me at: office@dkw.gallery for inquiries.


Choose DKW art at “Saatchiart” and get 10% off on original artworks of €850+ with the special promotion code ANNIVERSARY10

Diana Wolf

An Artist Feature by Chriselda Barretto

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Interview with Jalpa H Vithalani – Serial Entrepreneur, Creative Head and Director at Cosmic Heart Gallery

Interview with Jalpa H Vithalani – Serial Entrepreneur, Creative Head and Director at Cosmic Heart Gallery

Jalpa H Vithalani

Hi Jalpa, thank you for joining me. You are such an entrepreneur! Apart from being the Creative Head and Director at Cosmic Heart Gallery you also are the Director of numerous other institutions and a Reconnective Healing Practitioner. Tell us about which path has been your true calling and one that has touched you the most?


Right from being a farmer, to Reconnective Healing, journey with travel and logistics, art and curation… this is essentially a part of who I am and has been an integral part of my evolution. So it’s all inter-related and dynamic. The common thread is bringing in creativity and my own uniqueness to whatever I do. Also I am a people’s person whether you put me in the city or in a village. I like to involve and engage with others. It comes naturally.

You somehow manage doing so many things efficiently! Tell us what your source of inspiration is?


I think I am simply flowing like a river on the paths as they unfold. While I am good at multi-tasking, I think I hibernate and consolidate as much as I engage in action and implementation. I do whatever I am passionate about, touches me and makes me happy. That is inspiration enough. Life itself is about an expression. I believe that life as you see it, awakens you to the artist inside you in whatever you do and once that happens, you want to contribute back. This is what has motivated my work.

There must have been hard times or delays on some projects. What was your most difficult experience and how did you manage to overcome/succeed in the end?


I had a dream that I must open this gallery. I was given complete direction…..and it was totally out of my comfort zone. I was a floriculture entrepreneur exporting roses around the world, we were representing the Finnish Tourist Board and I loved that part of my work and was also so busy with Reconnective Healings. I am an artist myself. I came across many artists who had no idea of my dream, who started asking me to launch them…The incubation process for the gallery took a year… I ignored this idea for a long time…but the gallery had to manifest. It’s a gift of the universe. We have had over 130 successful events related to art, culture and music in a short span of seven years.

Mother’s symbol by Thakker P

Being the Creative Head and Director at Cosmic Heart Gallery, how difficult is it for you to curate or choose from various artists that you would want to exhibit in the gallery? What is the deciding factor or the key-element that helps you choose?

The key deciding factor is it must be beautiful and appeal to me aesthetically. It must be something I would put up at home. The selection or choosing process is instant. Curation, creating a story around it and a meaningful one at that, comes naturally after the connect is made.

Your Gallery showcases many prominent artists and collections. Which collection/showcase do you think stood out amongst the rest and managed to touch audiences in a more spiritual way?


Each show that I have curated is unique in its own way. However if you ask me about touching the audiences in a more spiritual way, what comes to mind is Natasha Lalla’s work and the latest ongoing exhibition Kensho ~ Seeing into one’s true nature by Sarfaraz Laskari.

Kensho is a Zen collection of lyrically abstracted Buddha’s and stunning representations of nature.  This serene series take you to a place of silence, peace & joy. Through these paintings we are inviting you to have a pure, direct experience, where the inner and outer worlds rhyme.

Kaveh Afraie – Bird of Bismillah

The exhibition showcases a ‘Shikantaza’ series which literally means to sit and depicts a practice of Zen Buddhism that involves understanding emptiness. When we reflect that there is another world beyond our limited experience, we can empty ourselves of preconceived ideas and accept things as they are.

The beautiful Lotus series, Pipala series, the Fig tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment, Rushen series ~ denoting & depicting clarity, a Nature series also form part of this unique exhibition. The artist’s philosophies are influenced by spiritualists like Eckhart Tolle, Rupert Spira, Mooji & Allan Watts. Sarfaraz’s artistic freedom showcases Buddhist perception – everything is alive and influences everything else revealing bio- spirituality.

Shailan Parker – Luminescence

We have presented a prized creation of Sarfaraz Laskari to His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in Mumbai and were blessed beautifully.

Painting for over two decades, Natasha Lalla has developed a distinct style of her own, which involves painting with her fingers. She is a one of the million artists who has never owned a paintbrush. Natasha unleashes a host of creative and universal energies. Abstraction in acrylic is what she derives in her paintings which to a lame-eye can be summed up as exuberant harvests of blending colours and finger strokes. One could say that Natasha’s art style is something on the lines of the famed artist Rassoulli whose work has been quoted as ‘the art that dances… without dancers’.

Jalpa with Artist Natasha Lalla

Natasha’s art helps one journey into parallel realities and experience a larger, more colorful take on life! In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson – “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.”

Natasha’s use of colours and her unique style of painting is unmatched. She has a deep understanding of how colours impact one’s overall sense of well-being. Painting in free form, stream of consciousness is a form of artistic meditation. Natasha has a unique way of reflecting her spiritual and sublime experiences by expressing images from her subconscious onto canvas by swirling finger strokes.

Natasha Lalla – Parallel Realities VII

The artist has been sharing her unique gift of helping people discover their souls through her paintings. She started her journey with Cosmic Heart Gallery and we have sold hundreds of her paintings around the world.

Cosmic Heart Gallery from India was one of the 16 international galleries invited to showcase their work at Art Bahrain Across Borders 2019 which was held under The Patronage of Her Royal Highness, Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain, President of the Supreme Council for Women. Natasha’s work was widely appreciated and is with the Royal families in Bahrain.

Where does your love of “Art” stem from?


I have loved art since childhood. My earliest memories is attending art class at Uma Mallik’s home as a 5 year old. I loved sketching, creating and could sit endlessly for hours with pen and ink.

Gerardo Korn – Barrio Retiro

Can you tell us more about BPW International. What does your involvement and work entail?


BPW (Business and Professional Women) International is the largest organization in the world for Business and Professional Women in more than 100 countries, empowering and promoting women.

Representing India at the 29th BPW International Congress in Cairo, Egypt.

I represented India at 29th BPW International Congress in Cairo in 2018 and was invited to speak about Art & Reconnective Healing. I was subsequently appointed as the President of BPW Mumbai. I represented India at The United Nations Headquarters in New York at CSW62 session on the Commission on Status of Women.

Representing India at the United Nations Headquarters in New York at the CSW62 Summit on Commission of status of Women.

What is exciting that I am a member of International Task Force of Arts for Peace and Intercultural Understanding. The vision is to create a worldwide committee and pass subliminal messages through art and give a platform to talent.

Along with Dr. Amany Asfour, President of BPW International and Ms. Susan Jones, Vice President of BPW International we launched the cultural and environmental project of BPW South Mumbai, at the sacred river Narmada in Jabalpur during SWEEP 2019. We recorded a special ‘aarti’ with talented artist Josh Crooner and launched a special initiative to keep the river pollution free. This supports Sustainable Development Goals of UN.

Jalpa, there are only a handful of people practicing “Reconnective Healing” in India and you have been instrumental in spreading its awareness. Could you educate us some more on this kind of healing and its eventual benefits?


My sister Toral and myself were among first few Reconnective Healing practitioners in India and I must say has been a very fulfilling journey. Reconnective Healing® is quite simply a gateway to accelerated life progress – whether you are looking to affect change in your own life, experience yourself in a new light or to live with inspiring health and balance. 

Reconnective Healing® is founded by Dr Eric Pearl and is internationally recognised as a comprehensive approach to energy Healthcare. Its benefits are measurable, effecting positive physical, mental, emotional and spiritual change.

Re-connective Healing

Reconnective Healing is strongly supported by the latest theories on nuclear and quantum physics. In a published study by Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., Lab Director of Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona, the longevity of different groups of leaves taken from the same tree was tested. The control set was left to die naturally and perished between 3-12 days. When Reconnective Healing was applied to the fourth set, the healing began quickly, some leaves regenerating roots, and the leaves’ lifespans lasted up to 90 days – longer than those treated with Reiki and Qi Gong.

Stanford Professor Emeritus, Dr. William Tiller, says that when information carried through The Reconnective Healing frequencies is introduced, it creates coherence and order. In other words, greater harmony and balance within us.

How has “Reconnective Healing” impacted your life on a more personal level?

My own life transformed 180 degrees, ever since I had my Reconnective Healing & The Reconnection done in September 2010. I experienced shifts at every level – mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, financial…

My gallery birthed in a dream after I had my Reconnection done and I was given complete direction on the name Cosmic Heart Gallery, the space, the logo and much more. It is truly a gift of universe and we have curated over 130 successful events related to art, cultural and music in a short span of 7 years.

It is a three way process and the practitioner is also in receiving mode. The more healings I do, I find that the more life is opening for me.

Jalpa, you also are the State Director of the NGO – Humans For Humanity. What they do is absolutely life-changing. Please share with us some inspiring stories from your experiences here? One of the projects headed under “Humans for Humanity” is WASH! I found this particularly interesting and empowering. Tell us something more about it and how it has positively changed mindsets?

Humans For Humanity is an NGO headquartered in Delhi, which was founded in 2014 by Anurag Chauhan. The organization also works on the following projects, Street Smart, Each One Teach One, Clean India Campaign and Promotion of Indian Culture and Heritage.

What we have launched in big way in Maharashtra is WASH – Women Sanitation & Hygiene. There is still a huge population of women in India who die due to poor menstrual hygiene. Every year in India, it is estimated that about 240,000 women die from extremely poor personal hygiene practices.

Workshops are held with young girls to make them aware about Menstruation – biological reasons of menstruation, hormonal changes, nutrition, natural remedies, taboos, looking after and loving themselves. These workshops are conducted not just in urban slums but also in villages, tribal areas, cities and every possible venue to reach out to the women.

We distribute free sanitary napkins during the workshops. We are producing eco friendly cloth kits in different parts of the country even during this lockdown period, which can be used for over 2 years. These are produced by women and provides them a livelihood.

The biggest invention after WORLD WAR II was Sanitary Napkins for women. It was the biggest step in empowering women around the world.

It’s been an incredible and fulfilling journey to take in the WASH project all around Maharashtra. I started with the first workshop in Nasik at the Priyanka Technical Institute and trained hundred ‘Anganwadi’, workers who are each in charge of one village. They in turn raised awareness to at least 100 women in each village. So it is like a domino effect.

I started walking into slums in Nasik and those days covered 600 ladies in three days. It went viral and I started receiving calls and started getting invited. I was amazed that one of the venues chosen by the ladies was actually a Hanuman temple. When I reached I found a group of over 200 ladies along with their children waiting enthusiastically for me. Obviously at least some of them might have been menstruating; that itself was breaking the taboo. Since then I think we have conducted workshops in several temples, organically so. It is a common meeting ground for many.

We always engage the older ladies as well, as they can support the younger generation to make shifts and break away from taboos. It’s also important to sensitive the men and often they have been part of the workshops. Our Founder Anurag is an incredible young man too. We have covered over 10,000 women in Maharashtra so far in a short span of time.

And then there’s “Global Agritech”. What sets it apart from other Agri-firms in this domain? How has your vision been incorporated here?


What sets us apart – the professionalism and commitment with which we work. As a Group we have been into Aviation & Logistics since the last 45 years and engaged with several international partners. When I set up Global Agritech from ground up it was a backward integration process; since we were already shipping perishable produce. What set us apart from other floriculture firms is that we could not only grow a quality product; but package it excellently and ship it on time.

Global Agritech (I) Pvt. Ltd. is one of the pioneers in rose cultivation in India. I am the Vice President of Western India Floriculture Association. Global Agritech represents one of the world renown Dutch breeders Schreurs in India. Breeders are ones who genetically engineer new varieties of roses. We test their products in Indian climatic conditions and market them to other companies.

80% of the employees are women and that is fulfilling indeed. We provide quality employment to rural youth. Their families believe it is respectable to work on a rose farm. They are also good with handling of flowers. Our strength also lies in training – the women love their work & environment (imagine being at a rose farm day in and day out), we love the family bonds and relationships created, so it’s a win-win situation for all.

Farmer in the field

I was fairly young when I appointed on APEX body of APEDA – Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority by Shri. Kamal Nath – who was then Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. We used to be only two women in the boardroom of 70 men.

Global Agritech represented one of the largest Auction Houses in Europe, Flora Holland in India and was training other floriculture units to package and export their produce. This is the only time in history that they have appointed someone in India to represent them.

I am a ‘kisan’ (farmer) at heart. So the love for the soil and bringing a professional and humane approach on how we run the project is what made the difference.

Truly amazing work you do! This also means that your daily schedule must be very hectic. How do you manage to maintain your calm through it all? How do you create balance in your professional and personal life?

Yes the daily schedule is rather hectic. Multi-tasking is something I am doing constantly. But then I hibernate as much as I do things. This helps me assimilate life, just be and do nothing at times. With this I regain my sense of purpose. Balancing happens naturally and yet is an ongoing process, as eventually everything is about nothing…and it is important to be and enjoy that space nothingness on this journey called life.

And remember it is in the stillness that you can create…so even when I am curating a show, writing something it just flows seamlessly in the quietest moments. These things are spontaneous and cannot be forced.  

You also work closely with the Dalai-Lama…such an incredible honor! Tell us your journey getting there and what has impacted you the most about meeting/speaking with him?


These are life’s biggest blessings, thanks to the gallery. His Holiness has always blessed the path of Cosmic Heart Gallery…the most beautiful time with Him has been at His Palace in Dharamshala where I was invited for an International Youth Peace Summit by United States Institute of Peace. We were a nice intimate group of 40-50 young leaders engaged in the work. For me it has been spreading love & peace through art.

My parents were also granted a personal audience and His Holiness presented a Buddha from His own altar to my father. These are the priceless timeless treasures. His compassion and sense of humour touched me the most. I realized later I was childlike around Him; just soaking in the frequencies.

“Healing through Creativity”….What are your thoughts on it?

Everyone is creative by virtue of their existence. It is the gallery’s journey to touch the innate sense of creativity of every person whose path we cross. When we engage in anything creative, we heal at subliminal levels and in powerful ways.

What can we expect to look forward to from you in the near future?

You can expect lots of beautiful art to adorn your homes, events related to music, taking Reconnective Healing around the world and social work.

What advice would you like to give young women who look up to you and everything that you have achieved in your life?

“Love yourself. Live each moment. Do what makes you happy. Life is truly about being happy and well.”

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It is so important to nourish ourselves and not wait for something or someone outside to do that. 

And remember success does not always entail us to be on the move. Sometimes we need to sit back and sip the moments like a cup of tea.

How can our readers contact you or find out more about your future projects?

Readers can mail me at jalpavithalani@gmail.com / art@cosmicheartgallery.info and reach us on our website: http://www.cosmicheartgallery.info/. The events page gives an idea of all ongoing and upcoming initiatives.

My social media handles are

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Twitter : @JalpaVithalani

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Artist Feature # 9 – Krzysztof Ślachciak

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About Krzysztof Ślachciak

Krzysztof (Eng. Christopher) Ślachciak, born in 1983, Poznań, Poland, is an Artist photographer and a member of The Association of Polish Art Photographers. He graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań with masters degree in Korean Studies and in Poznań University of Economics he did postgraduate studies in the field of Business to Business Marketing with thesis on advertising photography.

From 2008 he runs his own commercial photography studio. From 2011 until 2016, on the invitation of profesor Włodzimierz Włoszkiewicz, he conducted practical lessons of photography and lectures of composition for the Architecture Department’s students at the Poznań University of Technology.

From 2013 until 2016 he ran the photography section of the Artistic Science Club. At present he works for promoting artistic photography as a member of the board of The Association of Polish Art Photographers, Greater-Poland region. He also conducts his workshops and open-air events. Until now he has shown his works at more than 40 collective and solo exhibitions as well as other artistic events. 

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Hi Krzysztof, could you tell our readers a little bit about who you are?


Hello! My name is Chris, and I am a photographer, sometimes an artist photographer. I think that is the best line to describe me 😉

My everyday routine is commercial photography, I work with various companies helping them to get their products and services to the people they want. I live about 20 kilometers from Poznań, Poland, in quiet surroundings, close to nature, without television, with my wife and a dog. Occasionally, when I must, I become an artist. This is a time of my personal therapy, getting away from the world and closing my dilemmas. Time when I work mostly with my thoughts and eventually conceive some pictures.

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Tell us about your art style or process.

From my point of view neither my process nor my art style are based on technical, or even visual aspects. I sometimes work with a medium format analog film, sometimes with a digital camera, sometimes with pinholes, I light-paint, use multi exposure, manually edit or even destroy negatives, and I use Photoshop to achieve effects of digitally edited photographs.

As a commercial photographer I am used to choosing the most appropriate means to achieve my goals. This is also the case when I work on my artistic projects and it all starts with fascination, dilemma or a problem. Then comes ideas how to put them into pictures and these pictures, when finished, tend to close the case of this fascination, problem or dilemma. After that I feel more conciliated with the world. So my artistic creation is more like spiritual experience.

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You are a member of the board of The Association of Polish Art Photographers. How do you promote artistic photography?

I am a member of the board of The Association of Polish Art Photographers, Greater-Poland region to be exact. We are actually experimenting with means of promoting artistic photography right now. The key to our way of thinking is realizing that photography is not a monolith. There are a lot of completely different ways of doing artistic photography.

As you probably know, documentary and conceptual photographers are on the top nowadays, but they are not the only ones there. Also, every photographer is different and probably needs different ways of promotion. So our philosophy is not to promote one of the trends but to provide opportunities for our members to promote themselves on their own terms. We also try to show the public the diversity of trends in photography by organizing exhibitions and helping in publishing photography books, and while doing so, we try to embrace every trend our members represent. We also work online, I personally run the website, and the Facebook page of our region: http://zpafpoznan.pl

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Where does your inspiration come from?

I suppose it all comes from carving my views on the world. The key factor is probably freedom. When I feel something or someone distorts my freedom, I turn around. I read a lot about science, history, religion. I like to listen to various opinions, YouTube is very helpful here, and which is not without significance, I am an atheist, so a natural septic.

From a visual point of view I do not have any specific inspirations and I sometimes, mostly during exhibitions, I find out that some of my pictures resemble historic art, which is never my intention. Having said that I must admit I admire works of subjective artist photographers, and I consider myself to be influenced by their work a lot. I am also influenced by paintings. Mostly because I evolved as an artist surrounded by painters and sculptures.

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Tell us about other artists/role-models or books that played a key role on your artistic journey.

Having a role-model is very dangerous. If you like to be like someone else, it means that you are in some way copying them, making the same mistakes, you’re susceptible to manipulation, and moreover you are not fully independent.

So there are photographers whose body of works I admire, and that would be mostly Polish artists: Stanisław Woś, Edward Hartwig, Zdzisław Beksiński, and the one you might have heard of: Bronisław Schlabs. From let’s say World history of art: Minor White, Otto Steinert, Helmut Newton for sure and some still life works by Edward Weston.

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You also conduct workshops and open-air events. Could you tell us something about this?

Sure. A couple of times a year I am asked to conduct workshops. They mostly explore my technical abilities, which are a part of my commercial photography, but sometimes I am invited to talk about my artistic practice.

I am a former lecturer, I worked at Poznań University of Technology, Architecture Department, where I ran an artistic science club for students interested in photography and I have conducted practical lessons and lectures of composition. So, I am quite used to talking to people, and I enjoy it.

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How did you learn/acquire your technique?

I am self-taught photographer, so I learn everything by experimenting and reading books on a subject, sometimes using YouTube tutorials. But that’s it. I have no formal education neither in arts or in photography.

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How has art impacted your life?

On an everyday basis it is shaped on how I perceive creativity. When someone calls a saturated landscape, or wedding reportage an art, I say “yeah right”, ironically of course. Art also gives me opportunity to blow off some existential steam. In a similar way that church gives it to it’s believers I suppose…but in my case the rules are mine.

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Tell us a bit about your last work.

My last work was conceived in a little different way. This time it all started with music. I have found a band which plays music and I thought it would work perfectly with some of my works. So I decided to offer a collaboration, and they agreed. They were working on a new album, so it was also an opportunity to do something together.

I did a cover photo session for them with one of my favorite models. They chose a picture, I prepared it, and in the album book they used my works from “Cosmic Perspective” series. So the cooperation was very successful. I later stated on my Facebook, that it was “a step towards immortality”. However, as I worked with a post production of the cover photo, I realized that this is a good start for something I had always wondered about, and I had been always interested in. Moreover, it is a topic which is included in a concept of this album – future of technology and humanity.

That’s how “Post Sapiens” series came to be, and the album which triggered it is titled “Post Sapiens 101” by Abstrakt Band. I highly recommend their music. Its awesome!

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What is your current WIP?

I am currently in a relaxed mode and don’t have any WIP right now.

What does the future look like for you and your art?

In the long term – I just don’t know. In a short term – I am working towards a big solo show in the city of Poznań which I plan for the first part of 2020. There is a lot to do, and a lot of money to gather for it. And I will be hosting, live, Abstrakt during a reception party. There is also a plan for an album or some kind of a listen-book with my works and Abstrakt’s music.

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Any words of advice to aspiring artists?

Make your own decisions. Be independent, be yourselves. It needs some courage, and it may make you sometimes feel miserable, but if it works, it really works.

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Your photography is absolutely stunning! Which project has been the most difficult or satisfying?

Thanks. The most difficult was definitely “Mara”. It took me 2 years to finish and I couldn’t get rid of it out my head during that time. It’s also the most successful series of mine. It has been exhibited 7 times in the most prestigious galleries, that my works have ever been exhibited.
So in that perspective it’s also the most satisfying. But personally for me, to watch and to be proud of the achieved effect is “Cosmic Perspective”. It’s quite difficult for viewers, but, you know – the Universe is not there to satisfy your aesthetics, nor the art is.

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Would you like to share any more information with our readers?

Don’t get me started 😉

How can our readers contact you or find your art?

Everything is on my website, also links to my social media:
http://impurephotography.eu

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