MURALISIMO. Kiev. UKRANIA

Friday, December 17th, 2010

In October 2010, I’ve been invited to Kiev, in Ukraine, in order to paint the second wall of the first Mural Art festival in Ukraine.

Thanks to the french consulate, and to Kiot and Lisa from Muralisimo, i had the opportunity to paint a huge wall (9×17m) in the city.

WOMAN ON BOAT. Kiev. Ukrania

WOMAN ON BOAT. Kiev. UKRANIA. Photo by Elizaveta Gamsheieva

The last canva i did, was representing a man on a boat, and during my researches about Kiev’s history, i felt on two amazing sculptures. The first one was a woman standing at the front of a boat, with the founders of Kiev standing behind her. I directly felt I could use this symbol as an influence for this piece.

Sculpture of The founders of Kiev, and sculpture of MotherLand. UKRAINE

The founders of Kiev. UKRAINE.                         MotherLand. Kiev. UKRAINE

The second sculpture that inspired me, is the one called MotherLand. A huge woman, holding a shield and puting her sword in the air.

I like the energy and the idea that are conected to this to symbol of resistance and strength. So i decided to paint a woman on a boat, moving through the waves of the present or the past, towards Future. And so this sketch appeared to me, and satisfied me.

WOMAN ON BOAT

WOMAN ON BOAT. Sketch. Gouache on paper. 30×40cm.

I was amased and pleased to see that almost any viewer was able to recognize the blend of two of the more important symbols of the city, spreading a message of resistance, strength and peace in a new way.

WOMAN ON BOAT (work in progress) WOMAN ON BOAT (work in progress) WOMAN ON BOAT (work in progress) WOMAN ON BOAT (work in progress) WOMAN ON BOAT (detail)

Pictures of the process of the Kiev’s mural, by E. Gamsheieva

WOMAN ON BOAT (work in progress)

WOMAN ON BOAT (work in progress)

WOMAN ON BOAT (work in progress)

WOMAN ON BOAT

WOMAN ON BOAT.  Kiev. UKRANIA. Photo by Elizaveta Gamsheieva

Acrylic & spray on wall. 9×17m. 2010

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One Response to “MURALISIMO. Kiev. UKRANIA”

  1. vi la foto del mural en Facebook, mediante una página llamada Street Art utopia, y simplemente la adoré.
    sentí que ella decía mucho.
    siento que esa mujer de la pared escribe con tanta decisión, tanta pasión, tanta energía q no deja de conmoverme su belleza.
    ¡gracias por ella!

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