Source of inspiration
Traditions of Ukrainian culture, many rites, superstitions, divination, and amulets – this is the part of our heritage that inspires to create a unique system of images, which can be recreated by the passion for ancestral culture and emphasize its significant role in modern Ukrainian life.
Red color meaning
The primary color of her artwork is red. She chose it because it is used the most in Ukrainian embroidery and is generally associated with Ukrainian culture. The background in the paintings is contrasting but simultaneously resonates with the colors of national clothes. Olya prefers yellow shades in the background, which gives a feeling of sun and warmth. Red and yellow are her favorite combinations. They are the warmest colors in the spectrum, so mostly in her works, faces and hands are depicted this way.
When creating images, Haydamaka breaks the proportions and plays with the volumes. Traditional Ukrainian costumes fascinate with their extraordinary beauty, colors, and richness, so she wants to emphasize this and portray them bigger. The voluminous hats and sleeves with embroidery look calm and majestic. In the massive sleeves, it is as if some mysterious force is concentrated and includes the whole world.
"Our spiritual culture is rich in traditions, divination, and charms. It’s a large part of the Ukrainian spiritual heritage, which awakens the genetic memory of the ancient faith in the souls of Ukrainians. In my paintings, I tried to convey my love and admiration for the spiritual culture of our ancestors, which was primarily aimed at harmonizing soul and body, man and the cosmos."