Liana Moon's paintings capture the essence of enlightenment in each of us
Liana's paintings represent an attempt to transcend the seeming diversity of visible phenomena and find the bottom-line to which all experiences converge. The artist’s quest for underlying unity motivates the use of minimalistic yet expressive artistic media (gel pen on canvas) as well as extensive exploration of the symbolic language of the Western mythology and Eastern philosophical systems.
Liana is an author of an art meditation technique for children and adults, which facilitates the development of emotional intellect. This technique unlocks creative potential and teaches to investigate one's inner world and emotional sphere. It is based on the RAIN methodology developed by the British neuroscientists who were studying the impact of meditation on the human brain.
Artworks by Liana Moon participated in multiple exhibitions in Russia and abroad and achieved critical acclaim.
What themes do you find most compelling to explore in your art?
In my artworks, I try to express unusual states of mind. I believe that inside every and each of us there resides an absolutely liberated and harmonious being – Buddha, Shiva, Jesus… I generally draw images representing personal manifestations of such internal enlightened beings. That is why I often paint my friends, acquaintances, and even myself.
WHAT kind of MEDITATION DO YOU PRACTICE?
The practice, which benefits me most, is the White Tara. Tara is an embodiment of motherhood, absolute purity and wisdom, loving-kindness directed at all living beings. When I do the White Tara meditation, each time it feels like coming back home. When I merge with this deity, when I see its manifestations inside me, all fears disappear, and every moment, every action, and every situation takes on a more profound meaning.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU AS AN ARTIST?
Sometimes situations in life work out smoothly and seemingly without my interference. It is a sort of miracle, when you make no effort externally to adjust the world to your needs, but instead you work with your attitudes, and eventually external circumstances change to match your internal state.
CAN YOU THINK OF A SITUATION WHEN YOU HELPED SOMEONE OR DID MORE THAN WAS EXPECTED OF YOU?
I think it is the greatest act of kindness, when after coming in contact with your art a person suddenly gets access to the source of the inner strength, becomes more open, free, and brave, when he does something he was afraid of doing before. There were many situations like this in my life. And there is one thing I’ve noticed: when I do more than people expect of me, the person who is interacting with me or looking at my painting, ends up doing much more than he expected of himself.