Olha Kuziura

3 September 2021

Olha Kuziura was born in 1990 in Mostyska, Lviv region. In 2013 she received a Master’s degree in Design at the National University of Forestry. From 2013 to 2016 she studied in postgraduate school at Lviv National Academy of Arts. She has been a Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 2017.

She works with visual arts, text, in the fields of experimental and traditional graphics, painting, installation. She is an author and participant of numerous projects in Ukraine and abroad, in particular in the USA, Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia. She has experience working in international residences in Ukraine and abroad. In her artistic practices she turns to autobiographical motives in the context of collective self-consciousness. Working with the phenomena of collective and individual memory, she explores the gaps in her own history. She lives and works in Lviv, Ukraine.

My Game

Installation, thistle, various sizes, 2021

A human gains a new experience by being on the verge of completing one world and moving to a new one. The lack of the models to follow leads to confusion and despair. In a globalized and fragmented world, the concept of the linearity of time has lost its relevance. Each moment can be a new standpoint. This excess of freedom of choices undermines human existential security. Personal responsibility for developing a strategy for existence has increased, which has necessitated the search for a new constant. Appealing to movement, or constant action, is no longer a just civilizational solution, it is the only way to maintain equilibrium.

The daily effort to build your own world is an ongoing game which cannot be stopped. The speed at which matter moves to chaos does not allow stopping — a pause is dangerous. The garden, as a place of safety, is kept alive only by permanent care. For its balance, we have to constantly remove unnecessary weeds every day.

The project is made from a large-scale installation of thistle, which is the counter-volume, or counter-form, of this garden. This negative matter is the starting point of the garden; it is a potential form which for some reason did not go into the final volume, did not fall into the category of beautiful. With the development of the garden and its counter-form, structurally and energetically polarized matter grows, an event that is the main experience of an artist, or of a man today.

The main material of the installation is thistle, a common barbed weed that is popularly believed to be endowed with strong negative properties, such as the ability to scare off the souls of the dead and devils, but it is considered unnecessary.