A new exhibition 'Nohkom Tipiskaw Pîsim in Syllabics; Місяць Жінка Grandmother’s Moon; Woman Moon ' by Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk opens September 10th at the Whiskeyjack Art House, Edmonton, AB. The exhibition features mixed media. Artist talk will be September 10, 2021, 5-7pm. Walk-in and no admission fee!
Lunar cycles, nature and femininity from nȇhiyaw and Ukrainian worldviews.
Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk, both being multidisciplinary artists, were brought together by their love for visual expression, culture, and beauty. They were two strangers who became sisters, honouring womanhood, and sharing joys of where they come from.
Whiskeyjack’s vibrant acrylic paintings and Kravchuk’s emotive wood-burnt pieces explore the significance of each month based on traditional and linguistic teachings from their nȇhiyaw and Ukrainian backgrounds respectively.
Whiskeyjack’s work explores the teachings of nȇhiyaw 13 moon calendar through acrylic and oil paintings. Each painting medium illuminates a certain emotional style and visual narrative on iskwȇwȇwin (womanhood) land-cosmic connections. Each of the paintings share about season changes, the medicines within those moontimes, as well as the non-human relations that bring land teachings. Her creations reflect the travels of being in between the spiritual, earthly and imaginative times and spaces.
Kravchuk uses both reclaimed and commercial wood, often incorporating the natural texture of the grain into her imagery. The images are burnt into wooden panels with electric hot tools, while shading is created by controlled exposure to high temperature. Kravchuk incorporates organic materials such as leaves and seeds into her work, which is common for her style. Her conceptual interpretation of each month draws on femininity of nature, as she moves between abstract and representational visuals.
Both, Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk have delved into deep, rich, intergenerational knowledge, conjuring up a striking artistic conversation. We invite the viewer to celebrate each moon with them.
All COVID safety protocols will be put into place.