Materials used:Soviet scarf with Russian and Eastern Ukrainian folk ornaments, tree branches covered with a gold spray paint , Ukrainian... Read More
Materials used: Soviet scarf with Russian and Eastern Ukrainian folk ornaments, tree branches covered with a gold spray paint , Ukrainian 10 and 25 cents coins, European 10 and 20 cents coins, Soviet Lenin and Pioneers Red Stars original badges, wooden orthodox crosses, cord. Meaning and description: The presented work is composed of a wreath placed over the vintage Soviet scarf. From the ancient times in different cultures the wreath was used as a mark of power and superiority. In the Slavic culture the wreath was largely present before orthodox times and initially served as a religious object. It was intended to protect young unmarried girls from evil spirits and bad luck. Considered as girl's only amulet, it carries a feminist side on it. Evolving with times and historical changes, wreath still carries a strong symbolic power and remains the most recognizable object from the Ukrainian culture. Nowadays it is widely used in the political companies and activist manifests. For example, in the Western countries Ukrainian flower wreath is best known thanks to the Femen movement and its iconic disguise. Authentically made from natural flowers, the wreath's composition could have been changed by introducing some ribbons, feathers and other objects representing social and financial status of its mistress. For that matter a wreath was always involved politically trough long its history. Using traditional technic of the wreath making, I recycle ancient Ukrainian symbols and associate it with modern common and iconic objects from the mass market and Ukrainian household. Such a combination creates an inventive image of the national identity and its cultural state in the time of globalization. The ancient folkloric ritual of wreath weaving embodies the way we create a new story from recycled symbols by reinventing the use of some objects. Its circular forms depict the human culture, its constant changing history and the eternal circle of life. There is no beginning and no end in this composition, every object enchains another and they all work together as moving pictures. This allegory of the cultural enchaining symbolizes the way the national identity is formed and questions the future of identification in an environment of global culture and mass production. This particular Gold Tree wreath envelops the representation of the Ukrainian culture today: the base (the circle) is made of the Soviet emblems: portraits of Lenin and red pioneers stars, combined with orthodox wooden crosses. From that foundation rise golden branches with European and Ukrainian coins on them. The red shawl with a typical Russian and Eastern Ukrainian folk ornaments embodies my native culture and its ancient traditions.