Beautiful Ugly

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Original - oil on canvas 30.48 x 40.64 cm | 12 x 16 in

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The anticipation of the war that was so obvious this year that it made me paint this piece in January 2022.

In roman mythology and custom Medusa is a sign of protection. She is a beautiful woman who was turned into a monster by taking upon herself suffering for the sins of the others. Her image was displayed as a sign of protection on shields of soldiers, walls and doors of the houses. It wasn’t the first time I painted my self portrait using Medusa as transformational image, but this time the anxiety and anticipation of war made me make this work as a statement: I am against war. The war is Ugly. It destroys beauty. It destroys the world. I am against nuclear threats and destruction of Humanity.

At that time, I didn’t know how true and how near the possibility of war in my Motherland but I kept painting as if I’ve already seen the horrors of Butcha and Hostomel and destruction of Mariupol and Kharkiv. All because I felt something ugly is coming. This Ugly war.

I hope Ukraine will defeat this darkness and world will never have to deal with nuclear threats and human genocide. For now this portrait is my spiritual shield.