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Ukrainian Kaleidoscope

Stained glass, lead came, zinc frame

35.6 x 43.2 cm (14 x 17 in)

Longueuil, QC, Canada

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Artist statement

Ukrainian Kaleidoscope

Ukrainian Kaleidoscope was born from an exploration of dynamism on my stained glass work. A way to escape from the straight lines or perfect circles that are part of the classic approaches to stained glass, even in contemporary work.

I got inspired first by the whimsical circus, the movement, life, colours inside the giant canvas tent. Then I took the lines and crocked them. A bit of copying kids when they draw lines. It is pretty hard to come back to those perfect not intended imperfections. Our brains have been shaped already by education to draw straight.

I used yellow and blue because they are some of my favourite pairs of colours, I mixed in the structure of the black lead came. Black among those two colours has always seemed to be a very elegant, sort of playful Veniccian game of disguise and formality seen in the masquerades in Saint Marcos square.

The name for the artwork is a beautiful gift by one of my friends on Instagram. I was not sure how to call it, and I asked about it. The answer was as playful as the intended artwork and I choose Ukrainian Kaleidoscope. The colours, the news, the world stage, the circus behind which every powerful nation continues taking advantage. It seems simply perfectly appropriate.

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Can you notice the variation in the colours between a sunny sunset and a cloudy one?

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Process

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Ukrainian Kaleidoscope

Stained glass, lead came, zinc frame

35.6 x 43.2 cm (14 x 17 in)

Longueuil, QC, Canada