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Larysa Martyniuk, a Ukrainian/American artist, now living and working in
Colorado created a special piece of artwork in 1982-1983. The artwork is
called "REMEMBERING" and was in remembrance of the 50th
anniversary of the genocidal famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932-1933.
Larysa Martyniuk, Ukrainian/American Artist
Here is Larysa's personal story about the creation of her special artwork:
From: Larysa Martyniuk, Ukrainian/American Artist
Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 8, 2003
To: Morgan Williams, Publisher and Editor
www.ArtUkraine.com Information Service (ARTUIS)
Washington, D.C. and Kyiv, Ukraine
Growing up in a Ukrainian /American community in the 60's and 70's I heard
little about the "Great Famine" that occurred in Ukraine in the years 1932 -
1933. Then in 1982 I met several people who had lived in eastern Ukraine
(my family came from western Ukraine and thus the man-made famine did not
directly affect them).
It was astonishing to hear some of their stories; one woman who lived on the
outskirts of town remembered how eerie it was not to see any dogs wandering
around. As I grew more aware of the happenings surrounding that period, I
came across the book "Harvest of Sorrow".
American newspapers at that time were also writing articles concerning
the famine in Africa, (Ethiopia) and I realized that somehow my feelings had
to be expressed visually. I was able to get a hold of some old yellowed
linen, which I stretched unto stretchers that were 54x36 inches.
On the upper portion I masked out a portion and painted a purple sky.
Another layer shows a dark silhouette of a skyline filled with the beautiful
church steeples of Kyiv.
Directly underneath I embroidered a piece of linen in red and black threads.
The design also comes from the Kyiv region. Another reason I chose this
particular design was because of the symbolism of red and black, the two
colors that are mentioned in the Ukrainian song "Two Colors." Red which
symbolizes "Love" and black which stands for "Sorrow."
The bottom layer depicts the earth.with skulls...representing all those who
perished as a result of this forced famine. In a corner just above this
scene is a small pocket with newspaper clippings from The Ukrainian Weekly
and The New Haven Register which contained articles on the famine in
Ethiopia. I clipped out words that spelled "Is History Repeating itself?"
and pasted these on the articles.
The piece is called "Remembering." Sincerely, Larysa
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Larysa Martyniuk, a visual artist residing in Colorado works in acrylic,
watercolor and mixed media. Ms. Martyniuk's work has been exhibited in
various national exhibits including the Connecticut Painters and Sculptor
Exhibit at Stamford Museum; Connecticut Women Artists Juried Exhibits;
and The Invitational Exhibit, Artists of the West in Colorado.
Her artworks have been included in various Colorado galleries, amongst
them: The Warehouse Gallery and Hayden-Hays Gallery at the Broadmoor
in Colorado Springs; Morlan Gallery in Manitou Springs; Bella Art in
Monument; Cogswell Gallery in Old Colorado City. Her one woman shows
include Tribeca Gallery in Farmington CT; Albertus Magnus College in
Hamden,CT; and Gallerie L"Eglise in Wyckoff, N.J.
Other galleries which the artist has been affiliated with are Douglas
Gallery in Stamford; CT, Penryn Gallery in Seattle ,WA; Greene Art
Gallery in Guilford CT.
Larysa Martyniuk holds a Master of Fine Arts from Montclair State
University, N.J. She also has a Bachelors of Science and has studied plant
anatomy at Cornell University.
This background has had a profound influence on her work as nature is her
main source of inspiration. The artist credits her parents and various other
invaluable teachers and artists who were willing to share their wealth of
knowledge and love of art, and foremost their love for their native
country - Ukraine.
This historical material has been complied, researched, edited and published
by the www.ArtUkraine.com Information Service (ARTUIS). The material
can be used but only with full credits to the www.ArtUkraine.com
Information Service (ARTUIS), Kyiv, Ukraine and Washington, D.C., E.
Morgan Williams, Publisher.
Larysa Martyniuk can be contacted in Colorado Springs, Colorado at
719 481 4851, e-mail email@example.com
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