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Olena Vasylevych. “City of Rings”. 28.05 – 23.06.2024

Olena Vasylevych. “City of Rings”. 28.05 – 23.06.2024

Collection of Wearable Ceramic Art Objects – “City of Rings”
The collection of wearable ceramic art objects, “City of Rings,” where each ring features a monumental architectural form symbolizing new buildings to be constructed after Ukraine’s victory, was created by Olena Vasylevych in 2023-24 and will be showcased at her sixth solo exhibition.
The idea for the exhibition emerged about a year ago and has since transformed from its initial concept of depicting destruction and debris to bright, colorful, and life-affirming small symbols of new life.
Olena decided to discard part of her earlier works and chose to shift focus away from war reflections, instead of looking toward the future. She created a collection where each ring is named after a Ukrainian city, and each ring carries an association with a person from that city, emphasizing that cities are defined by their people.
Olena Vasylevych
Born on August 30, 1979.
Education:
1994-1998 – Studied at the Lviv State College of Decorative and Applied Arts after Ivan Trush, specializing in advertising in the architectural and spatial environment, modeling and clothing decoration, and sculpture. Graduated with an associate degree in sculpture.
1999-2005 – Studied at the Lviv National Academy of Arts, Department of Artistic Ceramics. Obtained a full higher education degree in Design.
Exhibition and Professional Activities:
Participated in numerous exhibitions, fashion shows, festivals, and competitions in Ukraine and abroad.
Five solo exhibitions, the latest of which was presented at the Green Sofa gallery in 2015.
Active in the field of jewelry creation from 2000-2024.
In 2022, following the full-scale invasion, Olena changed her Russian surname, Khomiakova, to Vasylevych (her maternal grandfather’s surname). Olena remarked, “My jewelry is like my children to me, and I would not want them to carry a Russian surname.”