Lot #131 | A—More by Maryna Yaremenko

2022. Kharkiv, Ukraine

23,2″x15,6″ (59×39,5 cm) Gouache, Cotton Drawing Paper
● This Artwork Comes With a Wall Plaque of the Good Samaritan
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A—More by Maryna Yaremenko: Embracing Peace amidst Chaos.

Art has the remarkable ability to transcend the confines of reality and offer solace during times of turmoil. Maryna Yaremenko’s painting, “A—More,” captures a profound sense of tranquility amidst the backdrop of war and shelling in Kharkov. Through the artist’s careful selection of objects and a soothing color palette, Yaremenko transports the viewer to a realm of peaceful calm, allowing them to momentarily escape the chaos that surrounds them.

“A—More” was crafted by Maryna Yaremenko during a time of intense conflict and destruction. Kharkov, the artist’s hometown, was subjected to relentless shelling by Russian artillery. Despite the circumstances, the painting does not overtly depict war. Instead, it invites viewers to embrace a sense of respite and nostalgia for peaceful days.

Yaremenko masterfully incorporates various objects within the composition to evoke a sense of serenity and familiarity. The presence of a newspaper, a guitar, a candle, and a bottle resonates with viewers, conjuring memories of calm and simpler times. Each object holds its own symbolism, transcending the immediate context of war.

The newspaper represents knowledge, information, and a connection to the outside world. Its presence serves as a reminder that amidst chaos, the pursuit of knowledge and the sharing of stories remain vital.

The guitar symbolizes the power of music and art to uplift the human spirit. It speaks of shared melodies and the ability of creativity to heal and unite individuals, even in the face of adversity.

The candle embodies hope, warmth, and illumination. Its gentle glow permeates the composition, inviting viewers to find solace in its light, even in the darkest of times.

The bottle alludes to a communal gathering, perhaps a shared drink and conversation, symbolizing human connection and the importance of social bonds as a source of comfort.

Yaremenko’s careful selection of a soothing color palette further enhances the sense of calm and tranquility within the artwork. Soft hues dominate the canvas, with gentle blues, warm earth tones, and muted neutrals. These colors evoke a peaceful ambiance and create a harmonious visual experience that contrasts with the harsh realities of war. The artist’s deliberate choice to steer away from vibrant or aggressive tones encourages viewers to immerse themselves in a tranquil mindset.

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