Meditations Since November

Observing, absorbing, worrying over, processing and trying to comprehend the crisis in Ukraine from afar since November 2013, my major source of information comes from various news sources as well as information from friends. Revisiting specific dates of importance via a Google search, I select the top twenty news article results. Images from these articles are appropriated and created into layered collages, obscuring their original emotional and factual purposes. Text from these articles is scoured for words that I personally define as positive, hopeful and detached from the crisis itself. These words are also collaged and reordered into short pieces that accompany the images. The work is a way for me to honor and analyze these historic events and to create a meditative space for reflection in order to conjure powerful, encouraging and supportive dialog aimed at the Ukrainian citizens who have been deeply affected by their country’s political upheaval. 

 
November 21, 2013, archival digital print, 24 x 45 inches, 2014

November 21, 2013, archival digital print, 24 x 45 inches, 2014

 

Tug of war
Strong colors, balanced sensibilities
All summer long.

Encourage young hope, momentum, prosperity,
Poised victory, clear clear triumph.

Chance allowing peace, keenest desire renewing desire.

Resolution helped homegrown dialogue,
Focus supports young resolve
Hoping, waving, hopeful waving.

Rotating ball, ambitious orbit
Favour movement;
Express u-turn.

Agreement
Agreement
Agreement
Agreement
Agreement
Agreement

Improve, strengthen support.
Parallel new life stemming
Free dialogue, sparking new
Clear orbit. Clear idea, strong choice, treat.

Triangle hopes attract victory.
Enhanced Freedom wins tug of war.

December 1, 2013, archival digital print, 24 x 37 inches, 2014

December 1, 2013, archival digital print, 24 x 37 inches, 2014

 

Central Christmas tree peacefully cheering new will.

Decorate. Party. Travel.

Holidays easing citizens’ civic aspiration.
Brighter party, real security sang free.

Honest people protecting cocktails,
peaceful new dream.
Stronger support.

Hoping daily,
Peaceful pact, free future. world agreement, free children, peaceful realignment, free
Travel, clear rights, key support, world strength, freeing deal, peaceful #euromaidan.

Organized women, peaceful women, important,
ready
calm environment.

Agreement
Agreement
Agreement

Highest, biggest overtures,
Clear, spontaneous supporters,
Peaceful, peaceful freedom.

Millions opened, followed through, gathered free.
Nearby, resolution survived.  Justice won. 

December 8, 2013, archival digital print, 35 x 60 inches, 2015

December 8, 2013, archival digital print, 35 x 60 inches, 2015

 

Jubilant singing, the catharsis ours.
Well prepared, strengthening, recognizable
statue.
Great fortune, energy,
Hope for family.
Strong changes reinforce marble mouths.
Galvanized glory, peaceful solution.
Biggest sea, jubilant scenes.
Peaceful offers wins respected ecstasy and an
independent, effectively more aligned decision.
Amazing! Future forward win pride, memories, glory.
Believe in the independent heartlands, agreement of
highest significance.
Waving, singing, victory.

January 22, 2014, archival digital print, 24 x 36 inches, 2014

January 22, 2014, archival digital print, 24 x 36 inches, 2014

 

Tranquility, stability,
Coherent action, flying.

Dawn cocktail, tea water, 
Peacefully,
Peacefully.

Brave future.
Honest,
Honest.

Fair peace, brave hands, just independence,
warm pride, new patience

Life, colours, snow
Responsibility, agreement, help.

Live.

Gathered heroes, liberal fireworks,
homes, peaceful archway,

Peaceful 
Peaceful 
Peaceful
Peaceful.

June 27, 2014, archival digital print, 24 x 36 inches, 2014

June 27, 2014, archival digital print, 24 x 36 inches, 2014

 

Special solution. 

Full, revived natural energy. 

Strengthen agreements,
Fullest prosperity, opportunities.

Cleansing jubilation. Balloons!
Biggest growth, independence.

Favourable fortune, goods, ceremony, truce.
Leader help freely. 

Sincerely strengthen new perspective,
important perspective.

New peace, initiative, approval, agreements.
Agreement won.

Agreement
Agreement
Agreement
Agreement
Agreement.
Agreement?
Agreed.

Truce.

July 17, 2014, archival digital print, 24 x 36 inches, 2014

July 17, 2014, archival digital print, 24 x 36 inches, 2014

 

Woman safely sowing cotton ribbons, 
Renewed sky, flowered field,
Sophisticated safety.

Family hamlet, optimistic children, loved women, colleagues.

Purple flowers, parties, baby, children.

Peace/Sky/ Air
Peace/Sky/Bird
Peace/Sky/Believe

Swift friends, families, key moment.