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.