Beginning in November, 2014, Sankofa invites our visitors to enjoy the works of our first artist-in-residence, Khrystyna Kozyuk. This local Chicago-based artist began her journey far from the city of big shoulders in Ukraine. Khrystyna explained that her environment in those early years lacked bright color much of the time – a fact that contrasts deeply with her vibrant paintings. She described the styles of her childhood in the 1980s as primarily gray colors, stark shapes, and blended patterns. As a toddler, her mother recalled that Khrystyna was highly excited by a particular shade of lime green, so much so that her little body shook with delight when she saw any object bearing this bright hue!
Fast forward to 2014, and Khrystyna has expanded her palette far beyond the familiar colors of her youth. With shimmering metallic, marbleized blues and pinks, and of course, lime green, her paintings exude layers of color with meaningful depth. With thoughtful strokes, she deposits her visions to the canvas, building strata of pigment that bring her ideas to life.
Likewise, the subjects of her art cannot be confined to just one or two topics. Currently, Khrystyna is producing several lines of work: Landscapes, Seascapes, Floral, Abstract, and other flights of inspiration.
Sankofa staff and colleagues had the opportunity to experience her art at a professional event in mid-November. Reactions from the crowd included admiration at the artist’s skill, awe at the depth of her work given her young age, and stirring emotional responses. As a psychologist, I’m always intrigued by the reactions of other mental health professionals to artwork. Several therapists noted that the abstract paintings were particularly moving, as they evoked poignant feelings of simultaneous liveliness and peacefulness. Many people enjoyed the raw natural beauty of Khrystyna’s seascapes, with their broad movement and meticulous brushstrokes. Another favorite was the technological abstract works, which conjured themes of industrial and intellectual prowess.
Sankofa would like to thank all those who have enjoyed Khrystyna Kozyuk’s paintings with us. We will be graced with her artwork for a few more months. All pieces are on sale. To find out more, visit Khrystyna’s website at http://www.kozyukgallery.com/
Written by Molly Pachan, Ph.D.