Fruits of Wisdom

The Fruits of Wisdom is a new series of work. These artworks display the philosophical contemplation of the artist on the theme of the origin of femininity. Pomegranates, persimmons, quinces and figs are very important fruits in the Caucasus (where Leyla is originally from), and they have been loved since ancient times. The apple is associated with knowledge, as in the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden. For the artist, the fruits in these paintings symbolise wisdom and her own inner spirit, and they are associated with the concepts of love and eternal life; the tree in the paintings is a symbol of development and striving, and at the same time, it symbolises a strong foundation of traditions.

In addition, the pomegranate is a symbol of fertility and abundance, rebirth and immortality, an emblem of sexuality, love and marriage, and the continuation of the species and offspring. In a number of ancient cultures, it is called the fruit of the Tree of Wisdom, of good and evil.

Protagonists in Azerbaijani epic tales sit or sleep under a pomegranate tree before they become enlightened and perceive wisdom (Qurbani epic poem).

The quince is a fruit that symbolises love, and it is a source of life strength and has a magical aura. The golden apple of Aphrodite – the quince – is commonly referred to as the most ancient fruit, and it originates from the Caucasus. It is a common belief that the most ancient texts which mention apples, are actually referring to quinces.

This is series of artwork with ancient, traditional eastern fruits, where the author is studying the limits of acceptability in the modern world, which is intertwined with her inner need for harmony and beauty, which is instilled in traditional society and has deep roots in culture.

This collection is being worked on.

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