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Olha Barvynka

I'm Ukrainian artist based in Cirencester.  Born in Ukraine in 1987. Moved to UK in 2022.

My art practice explores social problems such as gender inequality, abuse, violence, war and homelessness. I explore the state of mind when one is always primed to leave their current situation because of abuse or war.  My goal is to capture today's reality and bring awareness of the unseen, to a wider audience through abstract and figurative images.

 I approach this through multimedia. From old classic oil paint and coloured pencils to modern recycled materials and spay paint.

  I work with models from life as well as I use photography and digital editing as a precursor to my painting practice. 

I'm particularly interested in the use of texture in my painting which oil and cold wax can provide. It helps to reveal the imperfections of human life and beauty at the same time. 

One of the materials I am drawn to experiment with is recycled cardboard which I use to create canvases for my mixed media painting. Surfaces of these canvases are made with many pieces of cardboard of varied sizes stuck together in a thick layer. I also experimented with finding little objects to talk about people and places through the installations.

 The use of recycled materials helps me to consider humanity’s capacity for a second chance or a new life. Such as immigrants’ displacement and reassembling. Through the cardboard I investigate the issue of homelessness and the need for shelters and temporary homes. Through melted plastic - merging the boundaries, mixing the cultures and brain transformation under the violence effect. I'm taking part in socially engaged art practice and working on socially alive,  growing art pieces.

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