Lake Powell, 14 x 11 x 2 inches
After experimenting with many different types of art, even while working as a graphic artist as her day job, Olga developed an affinity for representing physical landscapes with abstract and contemporary qualities.
Untitled, 50 x 40 x 3 inches
I wrote to ask Olga about her art journey. Her answers are lengthy, but I found them interesting and hope you will too.
I understand you are from Ukraine, but noticed your work frequently captures the landscape of the Pacific Northwest here in the U.S. Tell us about your art background and current work.
Green Oregon, 18.5 x.18.5 x 1.5 inches
Yes, I was born and raised in Ukraine. Currently I’m living in Oregon and the beautiful Pacific Northwest is my home now. Since childhood, I wanted to be an artist. I was always painting, drawing, sewing and making something with my hands. It takes a lot of passion to be an artist; art has no end point of perfection and you must constantly evolve and learn.
Lake Tahoe, 17.5 x 11.5 x 2.5 inches
I studied six years in art school and got my Bachelor Degree with Honor from a strong academic program in Fine Arts and Decorative and Applied Arts in the Institute of Publishing and Printing at the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. I majored in graphic art/printed product design.
Invisible Life - detail
For many years I was engaged in the search of my own art style. I tried many different techniques, materials and styles. I moved from classic paintings to abstract paper sculptures. If you look at my early works, you might say they all look like they’re made by dozens of different artists. I used to work very hard with an advertising company on commercial projects, and did logo design, illustrated children’s books, and painted photorealistic portraits, landscapes, and still lifes on commission. Sometimes my work day was 18 hours and I didn’t have time for my own art projects.
Paper Gems, 16 x 13 x 0.3 inches
Three years ago a situation changed my life. One day I felt that my eyes were burning... I was losing my sight and could no longer work with computers. It was a very difficult period as I had to give up my job for a pretty long time. My goal was to make others happy with my art so I changed my life by experimenting with paper. I strongly believe that art heals. Now I am much wiser and force myself to take dedicated breaks to rest my eyes.
Crater Lake, 20 x 20 x 3 inches
In October 2013 I moved to Oregon to be with my husband. I left all my previous life in Ukraine; language, culture, nature, people and everything was so different for me. It was the same feeling as if you were a kid again, as you must learn how to speak a new language and do many things that you have never done before. Immigration is not tourism; sometimes it is very painful when your family and friends are on the opposite side of the world. I’m so thankful that I’m an artist and I can be busy with creating artworks.
Paint and canvas were beyond my budget and I didn’t have room for painting so I returned to paper and blade. I am always attracted to texture and the intricacies of light and shadow. Sometimes I make abstract colored paper works, but white color gives me much more space to implement my ideas. White gives an organic feeling, conveys airiness, lightness, softness and purity.
Lava Rocks 30 x 20 x 1.25 inches
Deep Blue, 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches
Bubbles - detail
To add color and more depth in sculptures I use colored film between paper layers. All my sculptures are created by inspiration of nature’s fascinating beauty. The Pacific Northwest gives me energy, inspiration and ideas for future projects.
My work has been exhibited at shows in Ukraine, Sweden, Hungary, Austria and the United States since 2004 and is in many private collections. Three upcoming shows include The 2016 Small Works Exhibit at the Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West, Florida, March 18 - April 18, 6x6x2016, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, New York, June 4 - July 17, and Chasing Paper, 2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego, Oregon, June 24-26.
inspired by frozen methane bubbles
Thank you for telling us about your art journey, Olga. I find your work fascinating and your reminder to those of us who do such close work to take care of our eyes is so important. The above piece reminds me of biology lab and studying microscopic growth on a Petri dish!
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