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"I cannot exist ... without something bigger than me, something that fills my whole life - without creative power ..."Vincent Van Gogh


Hi! My name is Katya Kononenko. This is my art path:● 2020 - Art management on-line course ● 2018-2019 - Contemporary art courses by Andriy Bludov in Karas Gallery, Kyiv● 2015 - Chinese art courses with Chinese artist ● 2013 - Art courses, European School of Design, Kyiv● 2012 - masters degree, Psychology faculty, Kyiv National University named Tarasa Shevchenko ● 2009-2012 - a member of Ukrainian Art-therapy association● 2010 - volunteer art therapist, Rehabilitation Centre 


I am engaged in abstraction, using open bright colors, simple shapes, clear lines, textures. I work with oil, acrylic on canvas, use mixed media, ink on paper.I was born in Ukraine. I have a master's degree in Psychology. I've studied color and art therapy. Archetypes, ego-states, existential issues of individuality in society, along with nature and in social life - the leading research themes for me.The process of creating an artwork is a collaboration-experiment of the idea, selected materials, and spiritualization of the product of creativity.
The result of the work is not only the created art object, also the transformed reality around and inside me. I accept the fact that the world is constantly changing and I am in it too.
I live and work in Kyiv.

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Hommages

Hommage is defined as something expressive done in honor of a person using elements of their style. So I painted these artworks to express my respect for the artists that I like.

Ink on paper

There are you can find 2 Series of Ink on Paper drawings. The First one - I was inspired by the Inktober - an art festival in social media. I am feeling that I am a kid who studying how to write her first words and phrases. I feel a magic relationship with ink as a media. You can find abstract landscapes, abstractions with lines. I work through themes of nature, weather, elements with my anxiety and finding stabilization and support in all this simple lines.
The "Relationships" Series consists of expressive drawings-episodes from relationships life: Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, Wedding, Honeymoon and Conflict. As usual, I took The Molecula and The Petal as the main heroes in my ideas.

Self-Portraits

This is my Self-portraits Series.I was talking with my mom and making some abstract sketch with The Petal and The Molecule. In a few minutes, I found, that I had done the portrait. So I named it Self portrait: The Abstract Adult.I remembered the theory of 3 person's roles by Eric Bern: Adult, Child, and Parent. So I made 3 Self-portraits

Art Play "Back to yourself", Part 3

The previous story (Art Play "Freedom") has ended as The Petal and The Molecule choose two different paths. What happened next?
The 3rd Art Play "Back to yourself" tells the story of the restoration of The Petal and her path of self-knowledge, which she must discover alone.
So, my 3rd part of the lyrical Art Play is "Back to yourself" in three acts.
The characters:The August Petal of The Sunflower (The Petal) - female,Canvas - space,Colors, Shapes - the inner world of The Petal.Texture - the character of The Petal
Act One "Prints"The Petal is left alone with herself and begins to know her sides, roles, incarnations. She has never been in such close contact with the inner world. She is lost in her own prints. The Petal likes her monotypes. Also, she has started splitting by them. Something completely new and unknown unfolds with her. How to live with all of it? Is there a guide in this incredible world?
Act Two "Splitting"The Petal dives deeper into the inner world. Recognizable forms and ideas about herself are split, changed and gradually disappear. The colorful background of monotypes turns into a pointillistic world of point personifications of The Petal.A guide or any other characters are missing. The Petal begins to melt and split in her own story. Will she be able to realize who she is? Where are her borders and how not to get lost in your own world?
Act Three "I am"All colors mix with each other, forming a black background. The renewed Petal emerges abruptly and openly. From the depths of the unconscious, she declares her presence in this world with a wide expansive gesture! It remains true to herself, retaining the original yellow color, but absorbs new knowledge - conscious prints and colorful dots.The renewed Petal shows us her character through texture, her borders and her confidence. She becomes a figure, not the background, who has known herself, the core and is not afraid of her shadows.She begins shining brightly in this world.
What fate awaits her in the next series? Do you feel the difference between Petal from the first Art Play “Finding” and today? What is happening to the Molecule at this time?

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