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Painting: Oil, Canvas, Linseed oil, Hog bristle on Canvas.
According to traditional herbal medicine Viola Tricolor depicted here is deemed to posess pain relif qualities.
I am a London-based diasporic Ukrainian art and herbal tea maker who uses art as a tool for remembering and applying inter-generational knowledge in impactful ways.
This work as part of the Family Album series of paintings focusing on the various coping mechanisms derived from Eastern European folk herbal medicine and magic. I am curious to explore various wellness rituals that address mental health and general well-being specifically the ones employed by the ling lineage of women herbalists on my mother’s side of the family, and how it all translates into contemporary lifestyle.
By choosing to portray only women, I am slowly unpicking the patriarchy’s oppressive impact. The kind of work I want to make is to celebrate strong proactive female characters and normalise their presence. Some of their stories are so small they would be easily swept away by the history if not recorded, some are stories of personal heroes - fictional and historical female characters that helped shape my appreciation for art. This merging of culture, nature, personal narrative and self invention form an identity process through which I gain my agency.
More about the works from the series as well as exhibition history, please follow the link to my site: opryymak.com
Size: 15.7 W x 19.7 H x 0.8 in
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