"Dancing in the red room"

2019, canvas, oil, hand embroidery90 x 70 сm

In 2022, Olesia Trofymenko’s exploration on the tree of life was the starting point for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Couture 2022/2023 collection. The tree of life is something of a leitmotif in her work, representing “womankind, the continuation of life and a bright future”, the show notes described. In a project that saw art and artisan exalted to the same level, this 3D embroidery and heavy beading was echoed in the runway collection, depicting the roots and branches of the tree of life, alongside patchworks of braids and hand-loomed fabrics.

Anatoly Kryvolap

About the artist

Olesia Trofymenko (b. 1982) – Ukrainian artist and set decorator, born in the town of Vilcha in the Polisky region. She graduated from the State art school named after Taras Shevchenko (1993–2000) and the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Works as a production designer in the film industry. Lives and works in Kyiv.

"The tree of life motif emerged as a form of inner defiance against the invasion after I had, quite literally, started planting seeds in the ground for an uncertain future. And so it was quite natural that this traditional motif was one of the first things that came to mind when we started to work on the Dior show scenography."
– Olesia Trofymenko