Sonia Atlantova | Our Lady of Seven Arrows - SOLD
Our Lady of the Seven Arrows, 2022
Tempera on wood from Russian ammunition boxes rescued by Ukrainian soldiers from battlefields near Kyiv.
40x35cm |15.7x13.8 inches
According to a legend, when the city was invaded, seven arrows hit the icon of the Mother of God located in one church and a miracle happened - the Mother of God on the icon covered her chest with her hands. The seven arrows refer to the gospel phrase addressed to the Mother of God, "And the weapon will go through your heart." Before this icon we pray for reconciliation, softening the evil. The Mother of God on this board seems to be with us, in our sad reality, together with the Ukrainians she grieves for the losses and, just like us, tries to cover herself with her hands, but the evil weapon still pierces her heart.
© Sonia Atlantova
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.