Spindle – one of the most ancient symbols of Ukrainian culture, symbol of life, temporality; backbone, on which the sky is turning; communication between different worlds. The compositional scheme of painting is based on the Ukrainian pattern of embroidery.
“Mentality of the East”
A thing, which we have always with us and which isn’t easy to get rid off – our mentality. The work was created around the theme “Hats” for an international exhibition in Taiwan.
“There lived once old man and old woman…”
The workis a figurative interpretation of one ancient and, on my opinion, mystical, Ukrainian fairy-tale «The Hen-Riaba”. The picture represents also a Trinity-idea in Ukrainian contents (old Man, old Woman and Egg) are sitting on the stove like standing before the iconostasis.
“Stealer of apples”
“Stealer of apples” is a metaphorical image, which appears in the dream of his old wife, who is waiting on him for a long time before the well. The apple is a symbol of virginity and maiden innocence while the water in the scoop is a transient substance without time and space.
I always was thrilled with illusory of our world, superincumbent of modernity atop of ancient world views, transformation of artifacts during different historical epochs and rebirth of them in new contexts, and especially with the question, what can we see under the temporary masque of world, if we succeed some day to remove this indurate coat?
“The Wales Soul”
In one old Inuit tale whale’s soul is compared to burning fire, protected by young girl and destroyed from careless handling with beauty.In my interpretation whale’s soul issomething primitive, which owned our ancestors and which is almost lost by us. Burning fire, rock carvings, animal traces, reviving from shamans chanting shadows, floating old god’s masks, red blood, white bone, blue spirit. All is almost dissolved in waves of time. But still in all of us is remained archetype – whales soul – and until is burning this flame – Greenland whale revives again to cut through deep waters of our memory.