Olexander Klimenko | Grieving Mother of God and Dead Savior | Diptych


Grieving Mother of God and Dead Savior | Diptych, 2022
Tempera on wood fragment from ammunition box abandoned by Russian soldiers on battle field near Kyiv and rescued by Ukrainian deminers.
61 x 36.5cm | 24 x 14.4 in / each

Weapons brought death to many people in Ukraine, and sorrow to even more of them. How many wives and mothers mourn their dead husbands and children?! Every day, hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers die defending democracy and freedom. Christ and the Mother of God at the most tragic moment of their earthly life remind Ukrainians of that. And for people who were not touched by the war – that death and sorrow continue to exist.

© Olexander Klimenko

Icons on Ammunition Boxes ™

From 2015, Ukrainian artists Sofia Atlantova and Olexander Klimenko have been using wooden fragments from ammunition boxes abandoned by Russian soldiers on the battle fields in Ukraine to paint icons and donating all sale proceeds to mobile hospitals that provide urgent medical care to wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians. Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in late February, 2022, their work remains more relevant than ever.