Aliona Kuznetsova's "Eyewitness of the ground"
"Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine took away the spring of 2022 from all the Ukrainians. We didn't feel it, didn't rejoice, didn't celebrate the birth of new life, the first flowers and warming.
It was only when summer came and I noticed my favourite peonies blooming that I felt reborn and wanted to continue creating art further, in between the feeling of life and death. The flower, as a sign, reminds me of the explosions I was very close to at the end of February 2022 and the sounds which accompanied me throughout 2022 while creating the works of this series.
From one point to the periphery like an extension. These explosions are still happening all over Ukraine, as Russian missiles bomb our civilian objects, we are still fighting and defending our lives, our land and our homes. And the flowers continue to bloom, no matter what."
About the artist
Aliona Kuznetsova (Svitlovodsk, Kirovohrad region, 1986) is a professional multidisciplinary artist, born in 1986. Lives and works in Kyiv since 2003.
Works with media such as painting, graphics, land art, video, ceramic sculpture and installation, but the leading medium is still painting.
The main focus of her artistic practice is the image in art, its transformation and changes over time, as well as the cyclical phenomenon of life and death. The theme of "image" also refers to the artist's more than 10-year exploration of color as an independent phenomenon in an abstract approach, in the gradual splitting and dissolution of solid academic form in the Liquid and Gamma series, which refers to soil, earth, and scale.
Paintings and sculptures are in private collections of Ukraine, CIS, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain, Hong Kong, France.
EducationSchool of Visual Communications, Kyiv.New art school (new media), Kyiv.2014-2015 – School of Contemporary Art, IPSM, Kyiv.2003-2008 – Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Fine Art specialty.1998-2002 – Art School in Svitlovodsk, Kirovohrad Region, Ukraine.