The name “Chaplya” is derived from Slavic languages and signifies “heron”. The queen of all birds is one of the oldest creatures traversing the sky of Lesmira – the realm of the ancient forest I’m currently developing in my art and writings. Don’t be fooled by her posture full of grace and stillness, thus her beak sharp as spear has pierced the enemy through not only once. Not without a reason creatures of ancient forest call her The Huntress. She never leaves the boundaries of her realm, for the task entrusted to her requires constant observation from above. She is the eyes of Lesmira. As the only living being she can reach the crown of Life Tree, where those whose life has already passed resides. For her duty is to safely carry their souls to this place of eternal peace.
Graphite on Bristol paper. 21×29.7cm (A4).
Above the forest she’s traversing the sky
Celestial eyes beyond the darkness see
Not even a shadow dares to pass her by
Run, you fool, run cause ruthless is she
This majestic spirit of all the birds queen
Like wildfire fierce yet so full of grace
Through the highest trees she passes unseen
Like a beast of pray she enjoys the chase
The Huntress… by the wind whispered name
Fear awakens by the sound of the wings
It’s just an instinct – she is not to blame
It’s who she is among so many things