Olexander Klimenko | Mother of God "Jumping Baby"
Mother of God "Jumping Baby", 2022
Tempera on wood from ammunition boxes abandoned by Russian soldiers on battle fields near Kyiv and rescued by Ukrainian deminers.
61 x 36.5cm | 24 x 14.4 in
The image of one of the most precious moments of motherhood is the joyful, playful gesture of the Infant in the arms of the Mother. At first glance, the pose of the Baby is just a childish gesture, but behind it is the cross that speaks of the coming crucifixion. During the war, this duality firmly entered the life of every Ukrainian. You can play with children, communicate with friends, hug your parents, but behind every joy there is a reminder of the tragedies that have already happened and continue to happen on our land now. The image was painted thinking of Ukrainian mothers who continue to lose their children.
© Olexander Klimenko
Icons on Ammunition Boxes is a conceptual project by Ukrainian artists Sonia Atlantova and Olexander Klimenko launched in 2014. Icons painted on fragments from Russian ammunition boxes from the war zone in Ukraine serve as silent war witnesses and at the same time symbols of victory of life over death. From September 2015, this project has been supporting The First Volunteer Mobile Hospital named after Mikola Pirogov, the largest private hospital in Ukraine fully operational during the current war helping the army and civilian population.