Sonia Atlantova | Holy Virgin Melangel
Holy Virgin Melangel, 2022
Tempera and gold leaf on wood from AKM cartridge box | 40 x 35cm | 16 x 14 in
Virgo Melangel can be considered as the forerunner of modern eco-activists. The story of this ancient British Saint tells how she cared for and protected animals and created a reserve where hunting for game was prohibited. The classic attribute of a Saint is a hare. Interestingly, being a symbol of lust in the Middle Ages, in this case, the hare represents wildlife under the protection and patronage of the Saint.
The war in Ukraine has already created enormous environmental problems and may lead to an environmental catastrophe. In this context, the "environmental Saint" Melangel becomes an important symbol, representing protection for people who suffer from the consequences of this war and for animals that are even more defenseless against this disaster.
© 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.