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TOUCHING THE DEPTHS OF UKRAINIAN ETHNOS: artist from Kyiv Inna Pantelemonova

TOUCHING THE DEPTHS OF UKRAINIAN ETHNOS: artist from Kyiv Inna Pantelemonova
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Inna Pantelemonova — is a Ukrainian professional artist who lives and works in the city of Kyiv. Her art is characterized by an ethnosymbolism style. Touching the depths of Ukrainian ethnos, the artist reveals in her paintings the themes of femininity, feelings, relationships, and the meaning of life through Ukrainian ethnic symbols and signs.

Inna actively participates in national and international art exhibitions, plein-airs, and art symposiums. She has already had more than thirty solo art exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad.

Her works are exhibited in several museums and many private collections in Germany, Mexico, the USA, Australia, England, Canada, Jordan, Ukraine, and many other countries.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаWhat is the first creative moment in your life that you remember?

First, there was the sun, the one my mom drew me, trying to teach me how to depict elementary things. She is not an artist, but the fact that the sun tenderly smiles, that leaves on trees can be blue (if there is no green pencil), and that a cloud can have legs and walk on green meadows — for me, a three-year-old girl, was surprisingly exciting and tempting. My mother’s worldview gradually filled my world through co-creation.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаWhat is your creative ambition?

Creative ambition for me is a core that keeps me going towards my goals. It’s when you try to do something every day for your development as an artist. Of course, there are days when you can’t physically create at least something, but not a single day passes without drawing in my head.

Besides drawing, it takes time to promote your creativity in our computerized world, and such work is also impossible without ambition. Ambition in achieving pleasure from your creativity with simultaneous recognizability in the world.

 

Інна Пантелемонова. Весняний, 2024
Inna Pantelemonova. Spring, 2024

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаWhat prevents you from realizing your creative ambitions?

The unwillingness to study Internet resources and various methods of self-promotion in the art world stands in the way. Because it is always more enjoyable to spend time on creative work rather than on a cold computer screen.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаHow do you start your day?

The beginning of the day for me is impossible without a kiss from my beloved, a glass of warm water and a wish to myself, as well as to my relatives and friends, for a good and peaceful sky.

 

Інна Пантелемонова. Під соняшником, 2020
Inna Pantelemonova. Under the Sunflower, 2020

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаWhat creative personalities do you admire most of all?

Most of all, I admire masters whose work is full of freedom, love, and sincerity (for what they do). Sometimes, you look at a painting and feel as if you lack air as if something begins to clench you. And when a picture inspires you, when you get the impression that the artist created (drew, wrote…) the work in one breath, when everything is aesthetically pleasing — no matter what theme is touched upon: Picasso’s «Guernica» or Goya’s tragic drawings — then you want to take art materials in your hands and create your own. In general, I am personally inspired by medieval paintings by Marc Chagall and the works of some contemporary artists.

 

Марк Шагал. Над городом, 1918
Marc Chagall. Over the Town, 1918

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаIs there anyone in your life who constantly inspires you?

Fortunately, there is such a person. It’s my husband. Love, in general, I think, is synonymous with inspiration.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаDefine muse. And who is your muse?

I think a muse is one of the manifestations of inspiration. It’s something that lives inside of us. Sometimes I think that a muse is a muscle of the soul that can be trained if you want. When I was just entering my adult creative life, it was sometimes difficult to start working; it seemed that inspiration was not enough or courage was lacking… Over time, I noticed that I can start creating in any condition (except for the state of confusion), you just have to start working, and the muscle called «muse» gets a creative state.

 

Інна Пантелемонова. Пані в капелюсі, 2023
Inna Pantelemonova. The Lady in the Hat, 2023

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаHow do you act when you face obstacles to success or the threat of failure?

I respect each person’s creative path. Of course, at first, I think, «Why wasn’t I the first to see this or that solution?» but then I rejoice in the talent of another and gratefully transform the emotion of «why not me?» into an element of inspiration for my own collection of experiences. It is a feature of our world that everyone walks his or her own unique path, solving on the way different problems, creative and not so much.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаHow do you react when faced with a superior mind or talent?

Realizing that obstacles and defeats are our life lessons, I treat them philosophically. Always, when one door closes, another opens. And not always behind closed doors, our happiness awaits us. I trust my inner Power, my Amulets, Guardian Angels (you can call these Higher Powers differently). The main thing is to remember about them in time so that defeat does not manage to push us off the main path.

 

Інна Пантелемонова. Промінь радості, 2023
Inna Pantelemonova. Ray of Joy, 2023

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаHow do you understand mastery?

Mastery is a combination of knowledge and experience. When there is a symbiosis of craftsmanship (high quality of work) and creativity, there is a high probability of creating a masterpiece — something unique, majestic, and inimitable.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаWhat is your biggest dream?

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, life has somehow shrunk, time has been perceived differently, and values and dreams have changed. Now, my biggest dream, desire, and intention are that my country becomes free from the enemy and that it will be able to form such state systems in which sincerity, honesty, and love will be the basis of all state endeavors.

It is like creating a new painting: the quality of the work depends on the quality of the ground on the canvas: if the ground layer is cracked due to inappropriate technology, the layer of the painting coating will be spoiled as well. However, at the level of thinking about rebuilding the state, such simple principles are still just a dream.

 

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«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаIn Ukraine, over the last decade has changed…

I think the self-awareness of every Ukrainian has changed. Most of us began to think about our identity and how to return, preserve, and multiply Ukrainian cultural values.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаI want to change in my hometown …

I have two hometowns: Odesa, where I was born and lived until I was 22 years old, and Kyiv, where I have lived since then until now. I want to change people’s attitudes to art in my hometown. To make the majority of people have a desire to learn to understand art, to become less tasteless in clothes, interiors, advertising, etc…

 

Інна Пантелемонова. Диптих «Час», 2023
Inna Pantelemonova. Diptych «Time», 2023

 

«В Киеве хочу изменить отношение к архитектурным памятникам, усадьбам, мозаикам — очень больно за них», — художница Татьяна ЯгодкинаI miss my hometown…

In Kyiv, I miss the Black Sea of Odesa, the coziness of the streets that have been native since childhood, and my mother’s warmth, and in Odesa, I miss the sea of friends, connections, and energy of a big city.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаIf not your hometown, which city in Ukraine?..

I love Lviv for its creative base and medieval beauty.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаA metaphor, a literary hero, an association for modern Ukraine…

My association has to do with the image that arises when you look at a map of Ukraine. I see a dragon, which very hesitantly, helping itself with tiny wings, learns to walk and moves towards the West. And there is a belief that this little dragon, perhaps changing the shape of its body, will grow into a big dragon, self-confident and leading the powers that be.

 

Інна Пантелемонова,  цикл «Сенси». Триптих «Життя», 2023
Inna Pantelemonova. Cycle «Meanings», triptych «Life», 2023

 

«Мне не хватает сине-желтого флага над городской администрацией Луганска», — из творческого досье художника Евгения ГригорьеваIs it possible to forgive an enemy?

To forgive means to accept all the evil and pain with which he «gifts» us. I think it’s possible to not want revenge, but it’s impossible to forgive.

 

«В Киеве хочу изменить отношение к архитектурным памятникам, усадьбам, мозаикам — очень больно за них», — художница Татьяна ЯгодкинаThe best advice you’ve ever received in your life…

A teacher of mine once said: «Nothing in life is more complicated than human relationships, remember that». It’s not really advice, it’s like an excerpt from a philosophy of life that I sometimes think of. And another teacher used to say, «Set big goals for yourself, then you will achieve at least the small ones…» And that’s an accurate advice that I use. You should always try to achieve seemingly cosmic dreams; then, earthly intentions will definitely come true.

 

«У Києві хочу змінити ставлення до архітектурних пам'яток, садиб, мозаїк, бо дуже болить», — художниця Тетяна ЯгодкінаIs there a phrase that you go through life with?

  • «So what if no one notices you for a long time? Become the sun, and everyone will notice you».
  • «Life…. as long as you’re not happy with it — it passes».

 


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