Olexander Klimenko | Mother of God With Child - SOLD
Mother of God With Child, 2022
Tempera & gold leaf on wood from Russian ammunition boxes rescued by Ukrainian soldiers from battlefields near Kyiv.
40x35cm |15.7x13.8 inches
Many apocalyptic events have been taking place during the current war in Ukraine. The most traumatic of them are war crimes committed by Russian soldiers against civilians and children. In this icon, Christ in the arms of the Mother of God is depicted as a child, but with an adult look. In Ukraine, now many children have lost the opportunity to be children. And the Mother of God does not look at the Child, her face is turned towards the viewer. She is with Ukrainian women, understanding them like no one else, like the Mother of God and like a woman whose Child was brutally killed.
© 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.