Sky Art Foundation
The creative style of Alyona Olasiuk consists in a simple form and its rich content. Having matured in Ukraine, but currently living in China, the artist could not help falling under the influence of oriental culture and philosophy. Alyona, inspired by the art of calligraphy, started to write black-and-white ink works. The keynote of her artwork is an idea of dualism expressed in colour and vision. The artist conveys her philosophy through minimalism and black colour in her new series called Fear. Our human nature is variable, we are constantly changing, feeling different fears therewith, such as the present-day fear of instability and lack of success; social fear of loneliness; eternal fear of death. Living right here and right now, we are afraid of what may occur in future. The artist has been studying this dual nature of things for several years, striving to find an answer how to keep balance under this dualism of the world.
The aesthetics of black in Christian culture, for instance, carries something negative, mystic, unknown. As a rule, black is perceived as a colour of death, night, ultimate recession, silence, while the eastern philosophy regards it as a preface to a new birth and development, as the world around us is full of contradictory. There are no days without light and dark. There will be no white without black. This is a fundamental principle of yin yang, reflected in the art of calligraphy. Calligraphy is an organic synthesis of black and white, where it is above all for an artist to maintain balance. Therefore, adopting the philosophy of black from the East, where it does not carry a negative connotation, the artist dares to challenge us: black may exist anywhere as a colour of hidden opportunities rather than a symbol of negative. It may be versatile, flexible, atypical, and embrace multiple senses and interpretations. Thus, using a unique ink composition, the artist paints pictures, where black is not actually black. At a right angle, they seem absolutely black with slight line dissemination. However, looking from a different perspective, we will see the world of silver, bright colours and textures. Black emerges as light and bright.
Each work in the series carries this intrinsic charge of light and glitter. Another perspective opens absolutely new reality and makes us feel dualism in perceiving and understanding these works. In such a way, the artist reminds us in her works that art is prized for hidden capabilities and intrinsic value of colours rather than their physical nature. Being full of contemplation, paintings by Alyona Olasiuk represent the world dualism in the dualism of contemporary visual arts.