My goal is creating a series of abstract/conceptual paintings reflecting on the post-industrial changes in Europe, namely in my homeland- Ukraine. It will require visiting multiple locations, various urban settings such as night clubs, shopping centers, hospitals, churches; socializing with different subjects both in urban & country-side environment. I would like to capture the inner transition/evolution related to overuse of digital technology & overexposure to consumerism. I believe in Ukraine these changes are particularly visible and striking. A draft name of the series is "Orange Evolution".
I am not a formally trained artist but I do consider art to be my passion. I am into painting people but not in a very realistic way, reflecting more on their essential inner qualities rather than on physique.
A lot of people probably will ask why go to Ukraine in search of the subjects if you are in New York, the city abundant in eccentric, unique personas, among which there are a lot of those being influenced quite visibly by consumerism & information technology. My answer is that, I, as an artist originating from Ukraine, am particularly sensitive to the transformations happening in my homeland, which had been in a way isolated from any kind of Western progress in the Soviet Union shell for the next couple of decades.
I don`t mean to say that in New York I don`t find any inspiration, on the contrary, lots of it- & continuously. I actually have a bunch of ideas that I would like to realize that were inspired & triggered by my life in the Big Apple.
But Ukraine has been a virginal country uncorrupted by rapid advancement of capitalism until recent times. Through my artwork I`d like to capture the changes in psyche & behavior that keep occurring there.
Overall, with my artwork I intend to reflect on present human condition and show the extreme vacillations of life- e.g.: the over enjoyment related to possessing new things and despair because of feeling lonely in modern society.
So please check out more of my art at www.Rohalska.blogspot.com & support my project!
I need your backing in order to be able to travel to Ukraine. The amount stated as my goal is the cost of a round-trip flight from New York, USA to Lviv, Ukraine. As far as the paints and canvases/drawing paper are concerned, I have accumulated plenty of them (all of my kitchen lower drawers and compartments are crammed with painting media (:).
Well, I really hope for your support because the fact that so many people believe in me will give me incomparably strong motivation and drive to create...
Thank you in advance!
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