Oksana Konstantinovska - The Critique

Oksana KonstantinovskaWhat is the purpose of art? Throughout history art has had many different functions and purposes making it very difficult to abstract or quantify it to any single concept. This does not imply that the purpose of Art is “vague”, but that it has had many unique, different reasons for being created. Examples go from recording daily life in prehistoric caves to ostentatious pharaohs, rulers or patrons; from honouring the glory of God to disrupting moral and cultural principles.
Oksana Konstantinovska is a complete artist who uses art as a statement. The purpose of her art is to challenge contemporary society revealing the uncomfortable contradictions at the heart of globalised modern life. Oksana works across a wide range of media: painting, sculpture, body art, installation, photography, etc.
Trying to identify or categorise Oksana’s oeuvre is extremely difficult. Her ability to express herself at 360° is overwhelming. Her paintings evoke images of today’s contradictory disconnection between the natural, primal world that represents the origins of our collective subconscious, and the modern technological means by which we connect to each other, and which in themselves divide more than unite. Status symbols in stark contradiction to philosophies, beliefs or religions.
The great hypocrisy of mankind is exposed in her works amidst natural surroundings as if the frame were an integral part of the paintings. Fontana rejected the traditional picture format by slitting his canvases with a razor blade in order to see the space behind it in a symbolic and physical escape from the usual flat surface stretched tightly over a wooden frame. Oksana takes Spatialism one step further by eliminating the wooden frame altogether. The frame becomes infinite. Space and time return to nature as was always intended. Oksana’s message is clear and shouts out loud with irony, beauty and harmony.
In the series “Find your tribe and love them hard” lies the moral of her pictorial ‘fable’. The primal recognition and acknowledgement of our tribe as a necessity to gather together without veils, artifice or superstructures. The use of her body, of her face, as the canvas, is astonishingly powerful and beautiful.
Oksana Konstantinovska comes from a medical background. This enables her vision of the world to shift from the macrocosm of a universal dimension, to the microcosm of the very origin of humanity, the biology of life itself - cells, epithelium, arteries are seen through the microscope of Oksana’s creativity in a kaleidoscope of colour and amazing joyousness.
Edgar Degas said: “Art is not what you see but what you make others see” and Oksana Konstantinovska makes us see more than we could ever imagine when approaching her art for the first time. An incredibly deep, visceral experience for the mind and the senses.
Karen Lappon
International Confederation of Art Critics