Yesterday I received a newsletter that introduced me to the work of Ivanka Demchuk, a Ukrainian artist who lives in Lviv, the largest city in Western Ukraine. Ivanka is an icon painter and she built her career in Lviv because of its rich cultural heritage resulting from its location on the border of Western and Eastern Christian traditions. Although Lviv is currently under attack, she reports that life is still relatively stable.
Despite the war, Ivanka is still going about her daily business, painting icons. While tradition matters to her, she also sees value in challenging it. In an attempt to minimize any gap between the viewer and her icons, she sometimes chooses to place her characters in modern exteriors or to include aspects of modern life. She also occasionally modifies traditional characters by depicting them in non-traditional ways. Paintings wingless angels is one example of this. As an artist, she "hopes to create connection, cultivate and ethos of belonging, and stir a sense of spiritual solidarity."
(The above was adapted from "A Letter from Lviv" in Jeff Chu's weekly email newsletter.)
In the closing, the newsletter included the following: If you would like to support Ivanka Demchuck and her family, her Etsy shop is still operating. However, you'll need to patient, because they aren't able to ship as quickly as normal, given the conditions on the ground.
Well, I visited Ivanka's Etsy shop and was captivated by her artistry and creativity. (And, yes, I did end up placing an order.) I recommend a visit as well, just to see her amazing images. (And, of course, you also have the option of helping support Ivanka and her family during very difficult times.)
Below I've included some screenshots from her Etsy page, including the item that I ordered. Which one is it? What do you think? (^.~)
Ivanka Demchuk's Esty Page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ModernIconArt
I'm stepping back from social media so this is where I share links that I think others might enjoy. They will rarely be related to photography though!