Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak: Nature Studies
January 23rd – March 14th
Opening Reception Friday, January 23rd 6-8pm
Our upcoming exhibition Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak: Nature Studies features recent works by Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak. The exhibition will open Friday, January 23rd and will run through Saturday, March 7th.
Contemporary artist Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak’s work is a living archive of carefully collected objects, events, and stories that recount the current socio-political climate of her home, Ukraine. Her work, while inherently a personal reaction to the present environment in Ukraine, is primarily a call for dialogue: to acknowledge, to discuss, to commemorate what is happening, and not just “let the grass grow over it.”
Her most recent trip to Ukraine was an artistically transformative one, triggering a desire to embed the objects she has always collected—newspaper articles, poems, handicrafts, maps, money, and dolls—into her paintings. These objects become part of her language and are integrated into fable-like narratives where animals and nature mirror a universal human experience.
With the passage of time, nature always reclaims what was lost, but the process of healing can also shroud and conceal past wrongs until they are erased from our memories. Concerned with revealing how much remains undisclosed or forgotten, Bodnar-Balahutrak invites us to consider what she herself has uncovered or suppressed.
Join us for the opening reception of Nature Studies on Friday, January 23rd from 6-8pm!