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.
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
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.
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.
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,
Highest, biggest overtures,
Clear, spontaneous supporters,
Peaceful, peaceful freedom.
Millions opened, followed through, gathered free.
Nearby, resolution survived. Justice won.
Jubilant singing, the catharsis ours.
Well prepared, strengthening, recognizable
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
Waving, singing, victory.
Coherent action, flying.
Dawn cocktail, tea water,
Fair peace, brave hands, just independence,
warm pride, new patience
Life, colours, snow
Responsibility, agreement, help.
Gathered heroes, liberal fireworks,
homes, peaceful archway,
Full, revived natural energy.
Fullest prosperity, opportunities.
Cleansing jubilation. Balloons!
Biggest growth, independence.
Favourable fortune, goods, ceremony, truce.
Leader help freely.
Sincerely strengthen new perspective,
New peace, initiative, approval, agreements.
Woman safely sowing cotton ribbons,
Renewed sky, flowered field,
Family hamlet, optimistic children, loved women, colleagues.
Purple flowers, parties, baby, children.
Swift friends, families, key moment.