Veil of Silence /painting/
  • Veil of Silence /painting/
  • Veil of Silence /painting/
  • Veil of Silence /painting/
  • Veil of Silence /painting/
  • Veil of Silence /painting/
  • Veil of Silence /painting/
  • Veil of Silence /painting/

Veil of Silence /painting/

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Veil of Silence

Original acrylic painting on canvas

70 x 50 cm
Vienna 2024

It is covered with protective matt varnish.

The price includes 13 % value added tax.

This artwork reflects on solitude, introspection, and the importance of silence, which is shown to have health benefits such as reduced stress and improved cognitive functions. Silence is depicted not as an absence of sound, but as a deliberate selection of soothing sounds that create a personal sanctuary. The painting also discusses the challenges of finding true silence in a bustling world, the adverse effects of noise pollution, and considers silence as a luxury and source of inspiration in today's constantly connected society.

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"Veil of Silence" is an acrylic painting by Bella Volen that delves deep into serenity, tranquility, and the ongoing search for peace in a cacophonous world. The artwork portrays a woman in a green veil, symbolizing her quest to find silence amidst the dynamic of daily life. This visual metaphor captures the essence of solitude and introspection, offering to think about the nature of silence and its significance in our lives. Silence has been shown to lower cortisol levels and reduce the body's stress response, helping to alleviate anxiety and tension.

Silence is not merely the absence of sound but a profound state of mental and emotional clarity. In this realm of silence, one finds the inner stillness that transcends the outer chaos. The woman's choice to surround herself with pleasant noises, such as music, instead of the uncontrolled noises of the external world illustrates the deliberate quest for a personalized sanctuary of peace. This act of choosing represents silence not as an absolute void but as a space filled with sounds that soothe, heal, and inspire.

Periods of silence can foster improved concentration and memory retention, aiding in learning and cognitive performance. Research indicates that silence can stimulate the growth of new brain cells, particularly in the hippocampus, which is associated with learning, memory, and emotion. It also leads to better sleep, self-reflection, and emotional processing, contributing to better emotional health and resilience.

The quest for silence raises questions about its very existence. True silence may seem elusive, if not altogether unattainable, in a world teeming with life and activity. Silence becomes a relative concept, defined not by the absence of sound but by the presence of sounds that resonate with one's innermost being. Noise pollution can impair cognitive performance and concentration, leading to decreased productivity, risk of accidents, and increased stress hormones; it is also one of the reasons for depression in the cities.

The privilege of silence is another potent theme explored in the painting. In an era where noise pollution and constant stimulation have become the norm, finding or creating spaces of silence is indeed a luxury. Silence represents a physical retreat and an emotional and spiritual relief where one can recharge, reflect, and reignite the creative spark. In this context, silence becomes a source of inspiration.

In a world where swift responses are not just welcomed but expected, individuals often feel guilty when they are not immediately reachable, feeling as though they've breached an unwritten social contract of constant availability. Quiet moments can spark creativity by allowing the brain to wander, imagine, and make new connections.

Embrace the silence.
We all need it!

original painting

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