For the one year anniversary of Russia’s
invasion of Ukraine, I wanted to illuminate Ukraine’s perseverance and
spirit by creating a composite of a historical figure of St. Olga,
Ukraine’s first woman leader and the mythological creature from Slavic
folklore known as the sirin, a bird that possesses a woman’s head.While
St. Olga was a controversial figure, I couldn't help but empathize the
depths that a woman could go through to avenge her wounded heart. Her
story of vengeance against an opposing tribe that murdered her husband
was by all accounts incendiary.
The sirin, commonly viewed as a destructive figure
calling one to their destruction, in my research I have found tellings
where the sirin’s song is said to have the power to stop wars.Here
is a visual alchemy of recasting these polarizing figures in recreating
an archetype that is an embodiment of hope, healing and determination
to recover from loss and rebuild anew.
Though wounded, she is
still able to keep soaring, the drops of blood a somber reminder of the
human toll of this devastating conflict.
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x 11" Fine Art Print on high quality Moab Matte Photo Paper with
Chrome+ inks guaranteed to last a lifetime with proper care
5" x 7" on Pacific Fine Art Paper
Packed in archival cello sleeve with backing board and packed with care