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Living books

Exhibit “The Painted Word” opens at the Taras Shevchenko Literary Memorial Museum
14 September, 2015 - 17:46
Photo illustration courtesy of the artist

A word can be not only written, but also miraculously reflected via fine arts, and the public can see it for themselves at the exhibit of a young talented Kyiv-based artist Vitalina Forostovets.

A spicy, Oriental coloring and decorativeness, an adventurous, intriguing composition and distinctive imagery of protagonists, thorough and fine elaboration of all the details: the wonderful world of books, illustrated by Forostovets, cannot but pull you into its whirl, so you will again feel like reading those fairy-tales, which fascinated you at the exhibit. The Painted Word kingdom offers a fascinating meeting with amazing heroes of the fairy-tales for children Orange Brothers and The Mystery of the Broken Chalice, as well as with the world of literature for grown-ups (Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha). Also, the artist presents her illustrations to Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s novel The Enchanted Desna.

Each book illustration is dissimilar, but it is always dual. On the one hand, it is charged with the writer’s message, on the other, it reflects the perception of this message by the illustrator, who appears as a co-author. In easel works, we mostly concentrate on the presentation of the original artistic material by the artist who works freely and independently.

Curiously enough, Forostovets’ art has overflown the limits of book illustrations: the young artist also has an experience of professional work in monumental sacred art. Under the supervision of Yu. Levchenko, she took part in the creation of mosaics of the Transfiguration Cathedral, where she made a medallion with an image of John the Baptist and the figures of holy apostles Peter, John, Simon, and other saints.

“The Painted Word” will be exhibited through September 30 at the Taras Shevchenko Literary Memorial Museum at 8 Tarasa Shevchenka prov.

By Olena SHAPIRO, art critic