Cycle of The Tree/Zivena
1945, MIXED MEDIA
The Slavonic goddess of life, Zivena was carved by Polasek at the age of 66, from a piece of apple wood taken from his home town in Moravia. The goddess grows from the trunk of an apple tree; birds seek shelter in her boughs and fruit is plentiful. Zivena’s crown is life’s most recognizable symbol, the sun. The crown is transformed in the rear, now depicting the moon and stars, while her hair resembles flowing water.