Featuring Mira Hnatyshyn-Hudson
“Euroscapes is a painting installation that reflects my passion for studying patterns of sociocultural development that define the female condition in both contemporary and historical times. Referencing original photos of women in their daily lives, my installations are a modern take on simulacra, which seek to present an amplified version of realism. The resulting constructions of painted canvases and sculptural appendages capture an isolated moment in time but carry a sense of timelessness. They reveal a shared humanity between cultures and question the constraints of gender roles.
'Every Girl Wants To Be Queen' is a painting installation based on an original photograph of schoolgirls ascending the Tower of London. I was struck by the juxtaposition of the girls at the Tower and its violent history. The Queens Diamond Jubilee had taken place this same year, and I couldn't help but wonder: Does every girl want to be queen? And what kind of queen would she be?
'The Braidbasket' is based on a photograph of women in a market square in Lviv, Ukraine. The women seated at a bench appeared to be frozen as a young flower lady dressed in beautiful peasantry costume walked off the frame to the left – towards the West. As the painting took shape in my studio, protests erupted in Kiev’s icy central square over the people’s desire to join the European Union. The title comes from the slogan that Ukraine is 'The Breadbasket of Europe.' In traditional Ukrainian costume, women wear their hair in long braids. Collaged onto the painting’s surface is Ukrainian embroidery, embracing both the flesh and the landscape."
"I am a Texas-based painter of Eastern European heritage and I use art as a visual language to explore issues of culture, gender and human behavior.
My work has been collected by the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Houston Art Alliance for the city of Houston, Texas, the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio and was featured in New American Paintings (#96 West Edition, 2011) and the Spring 2014 Edition of Studio Visit magazine. I dedicated myself to painting in 1999 after a career as an art director in Washington D.C. I hold an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BS in Advertising and Design from the University of Maryland. I also have taught at UTSA, the Southwest School of Art and ArtPace. I live and work in San Antonio, TX and divide my time between painting, teaching and family."
For more information visit Mira Hnatyshyn-Hudson’s website.