Sonia Atlantova | Our Lady of the Never Fading Blossom - SOLD
Our Lady of the Never Fading Blossom, 2022
Tempera on wood from Russian ammunition boxes rescued by Ukrainian soldiers from battlefields near Kyiv.
40x35cm |15.7x13.8 inches
This icon of the Mother of God is considered to be the patroness of young girls; they pray to her for a happy marriage. The lily flower in Mary's hand symbolizes spiritual and physical purity. This is what Russian aggressors are trying to desecrate and destroy in Ukraine.
© Sonia Atlantova
Icons on Ammunition Boxes
From 2015, Ukrainian artists Sonia 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.