Guard with a Guinea Fowl

1993, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24

I believe the number 3 possesses a certain magic. Maybe it’s because the number is often associated with the Trinity concept of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. But in Russia, that number also represents sharing a bottle of vodka between three friends. Perhaps that is why I unconsciously placed the number 3 on the guard’s hat. The bird is clutched close to his chest, but not as a stolen treasure. The guard is a poet not a thief; the bird signifies their united destinies. The Lord created all living things in chorus – we live in harmony together and are actually not that much different from one another. We always have an opportunity to press the bird against our chest, listen closely to the silence and…believe.