Sketchbooks and Portraits of Trees by Iryna Komashchuk

from the "Sketchbooks" series, 2021 
from the "Sketchbooks" series, 2021
from the "Sketchbooks" series, 2021
from the "Portraits of trees" series, 2021
from the "Portraits of trees" series, 2021

Iryna Komashchuk actively uses her own experience in the art. That’s why she draws in a sketchbook a lot and makes routine series—Sketchbooks. Then they turn into something bigger like a diploma project about window sills in Ukrainian lobbies. These window sills tell about the residents of a building more than people could do. There are abandoned flowers, which don't belong to apartments and have been put into the plastic cup from a favorite yogurt. Beer cans and cheap cigarette butts in green peas can. And sophisticated lace plastic napkins under well-maintained plants. What could be more eloquent? All of that allows the artist to make a series of delicate records about lobbies. 

Everyday walks in nearby yards during the lockdown gives Komashchuk an opportunity to know every tree in the area by sight. That’s how a series of portraits of trees was born. Watercolors and the author’s technique on cardboard give us a new look at the capacity of the watercolor medium. Every tree in these portraits has its own personality: gentle and young, or rough and mature, that has already seen a lot in life.