Olexander Klimenko | The Yakhromsk Icon of the Mother of God
The Yakhromsk Icon of the Mother of God, 2022
Tempera on armament box bottom | 41 x 34cm | 16.4 x 13.6 in
The image of the Mother caressing the Son is one of the most intimate and lyrical in the Byzantine tradition. The image of motherhood and the military attribute again actualize the main cross-cutting idea of this Project, the antinomy of life and death, transformation, the transformation of death into life. Life is like birth, like motherhood, like love. And at the same time, a statement of the fragility and defenselessness of this life, which could end at any moment ...
© Olexander Klimenko
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.