Art Lift - Feb 20 2021

Sodbaatar

A"Art should be free." This is what Mongolian artist Sodbaatar says most often. The rigid and beautiful form of painting was just a delicate vessel for him, and he broke through the glass to tell his own story through the media of nature and the gods.

01. A casual teenager who breaks free

Sodbaatar's creations, etched in the lines of his life, are as important as his breathing. If art were removed from his life, his world would be lonely and empty. It is as if he lives in two worlds, one of which is scorching and the other is quiet and uneventful. He looks at things from a distance, quietly admiring the passage of time.

Academic conformity made him feel bored. As he watched his teachers lecture about the traditional ways of painting, he couldn’t help but think about his personal desire for free-form expression. The soul on the grassland yearns for freedom, and the conservative painting form still failed to make a deep impression on Sod, who knew that he did not belong to the western traditional oil painting. He started again, and a mysterious and powerful force led him to an ancient city of the spirit world, where he discovered the strange and melodramatic animism of the ancient gods. There, Sodbaatar waited and patiently answered the questions that had been haunting him for so long.

Little by little, he found himself. He finally found the essence of life, when he looked at nature.Nature is where we came from, and it is where we will return to. With the understanding of the relationship between life and nature, his burning desire for creation was intensified.He took the living beings as his guide, removed the floating dust of the world, and devoted himself to his craft. 

02. Painting is my language

Walking slowly on the green grass, surrounded by galloping horses, everything seemed so small under the sky, but he could imprint every detail in the deep of his mind. "There was a wall between me and the outside world. But I live in my own world and I don't want to go out and let other people in." Sodbaatar resolutely kept the world's distractions at bay, and his love of solitary rambles inspired him.

As the ancient folk song goes: "People on horseback, children of the grassland, the earth is your habitat, and all things bless your growth." Sodbaatar is inspired by Mongolian culture, which believes in a reverence for nature and tells touching stories about nature, gods and humans.The power of this revelation grows stronger as it goes on, the figurative forms of religion become removed, and the ancient metaphors of faith are hidden. This is a unique language, and he is content with this communication.

He expresses Mongolian culture, depicts religious deities, and imagines life everywhere in nature as eyes gazing solemnly at the vast green landscape.

03. Fate with Shaman

Shamanism advocates the harmonious relation between humans and nature. This an ancient and primitive religion commonly found amongst nomads, and thinks of everything in the world as having a soul; every life of nature should be respected, so the concept profoundly affected the steppe nomads because this is their natural link to the universe. By his own account, Sodbaatar’s association with the shaman, an ancient faith, was an unforeseen arrangement.He once went to stay at the home of a friend he had just met, who turned out to be a shaman. Sudebaatar had expected it to be an ordinary party, but instead the shaman sat in the middle of the crowd and entered into a solemn state of psychic communication. For the first time, Sodbaatar witnessed shamanistic practices with his own eyes, listening to the ancient and vicissitude voices of his ancestors coming from the shaman's mouth, and he was struck by the wonders of the ancient religion.

After that, shaman culture came into his personal worldview. After meeting again and again, he felt as if there was a god guiding him. The painting "Spirit of Pleasure and Nature", with its motley colors like the frescoes of an ancient cave, was a turning point for the shaman as he spoke of primitive beliefs in the name of the gods.

The collision between ancient culture and modern painting makes people intoxicated. Exaggerated shapes are sketches of nomadic peoples' freedom. Rich decorative patterns tell the story of religion. Sodbaatar's paintings are always filled with the power of nature, a mysterious and solemn power that lives in all things.