ARTIST STATEMENT: TARAS LACHOWSKY
My current body of work is an extension of the examinations begun with the Vytynanka (Ukrainian paper cut-outs) study.
This body of work continues the narrative revolving around the post colonial discussions of belonging and acknowledgement.
As the son of Ukrainian immigrants, I am asked quite frequently what inspires me? These current works are my response to these inquiries. Inspired by Vytynanka ideas and techniques, the symbolism of Vishyvanky (Ukrainian embroideries,) and Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg,) pattern , design and colours. I am examining old history interpreted in a modern presentation.
I hope to introduce and familiarize people with the words of Ukraine and make them a part of the Canadian lexicon. As a “vintage ethnic,” my voice wanders between where I came from and where I fit in currently, but always trying to communicate and understand.
Folklore and ethnic modernity are two great wells of information and inspiration.
Please enjoy the colours and patterns and maybe even the stories which you might feel from the interplay of layers. It is my way of communicating.
My hope is that someone feels the artworks and what may appear as foreign, begins to feel familiar.