ALL SHE MAKES: REDEFINING YOUR PERCEPTION OF ART
Svitlana is the founder and CEO of all SHE makes, an online directory increasing visibility and opportunities for womxn artists worldwide that has quickly gained recognition by representing exceptional women from over 30 countries. For her curation with SHOWFIELDS Svitlana aims to challenge the viewer’s notion of what they perceive as art. She selected these artists because they effectively solve the problem of turning mundane objects into something that evokes an array of curious emotions.
Blog: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your practice:
I grew up in Ukraine and moved to the USA when I was 16 years old. I have been an artist most of my life, but started taking it more seriously a few years ago. I draw my inspiration from the Abstract ExpressionisT movement.
The use of powerful colors within my work has been an important part of my own healing and learning process. Every speckle, every brushstroke has purpose in the exploration of self and tells a story through the safe space of each canvas. My history, my culture, my purpose. An identity lost amongst the expectations of society and its constant mislabeling of meaning. I represent these struggles and my existence through a vibrant palette to show not only the freedom to exist as I am, but to find joy in these tangled emotions and portray the brighter side of letting go.
Working with All SHE Makes definitely has broadened my horizons in regards to what art means to me as a human and an artist. There is so much beauty out there. Looking at someone's work is like peeking into their imagination. You get to see the most intimate parts of their thoughts in physical form. Isn't that something?
What kind of artwork is relevant to our generation and the times we are living?
This is such a tough question to answer as art is so subjective. However, I believe my generation is redefining what we were taught about art. We are consuming information, learning more about the world out there, and creating our own narratives. We are making sense out of old information that doesn't serve a purpose anymore. We are creating our own new definitions of art.
To be more specific, I think my generation is looking for pieces that spark something within us. We've seen the art that has been primarily directed for and by white males, we want something different
Tell us about this show for SHOWFIELDS: conceptually, aesthetically, etc.?
With all of the heaviness surrounding us in the world right now, I sought after pieces that made me feel unusual. The fun thing about unusual is that it's a neutral word for weird or different. It's not good or bad, it's just unusual. An object taken out of its commonplace and put into a different context gains a whole new meaning. One moment you are looking at droopy popsicles, and another moment you want your entire wall covered in framed replica of octopus arms.
What is your advice for art lovers, supporters, collectors and appreciators?
Buy art that makes you feel!!! Don't concentrate too much on the aesthetics, you want to look at the pieces and feel a connection, emotion, or something that awakens a deeper feeling within you, so that when years go by and taste has changed, you can still feel that spark within.