40 Ukrainians from all walks of life explain how the Russian Annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbas affects their lives.

 
 

Mannequins

2017, Sculpture of paper mache, plaster of paris, collage
Height: 28 in Base Diameter: 11.4 in Width: 18.7in

Mannequin 1 (from left to right)
Ancestry Line
 - history forms us
 - our story of where we come from
 - carry the journey and pain with us
 - individual truths

Mannequin 2
Behind the Lines
 - change, rioting, rebellion
 - desiring a new system
 - transparent
 - the soul

Mannequin 3
Headlines
 - influenced by propaganda
 - fake news
 - create a new history
 - distorts our truth

 
1. Motanka - Freedom

1. Motanka - Freedom

2. Motanka - History Repeats

2. Motanka - History Repeats

3. Motanka - Patriot

3. Motanka - Patriot

4. Motanka - Seventy Years

4. Motanka - Seventy Years

5. Motanka - Displaced

5. Motanka - Displaced

6. Motanka - Angel

6. Motanka - Angel

7. Motanka - Revolution

7. Motanka - Revolution

Motanka

2017, Sculpture of Paper mache, plaster of paris, collage.
Height: 71 cm, Diameter of Base: 29 cm, Width: 47 cm

Ola's "Motanka" sculptures are inspired by the ancient Ukrainian dolls which were typically passed down from mother to daughter, a talisman of good health and fortune. The motankas are faceless, as the eyes are windows to the soul, and the soul can be bad or good. These dolls were often given to babies not only to play with, but to keep them safe and to take away illness. There are 3 crosses on the Motankas. The body is in the shape of a cross, a model of world structure, origin of life and fertility, and the succession and protection of generations. Instead of a face, the cross resembles an ancient solar sign, keeping positive energy inside. The cross on the chest symbolizes life itself, the unity of man and woman. Rondiak's sculptures have embraced the ancient aura of the Motanka, tied it in with her personal experiences and history, all while maintaining a contemporary art presence. 

Pravda

2017, Plaster of paris, collage
Height: 51 x 51 cm