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Item Not A Wall, A Door (Не стена, а дверь)
Created by Erik Burke / OU
As seen in Kramatorsk, Kramatorsk, Ukraine
Not A Wall, A Door (Не стена, а дверь)
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This 2019 floral mural was Produced for You Are East Festival in East Ukraine. The intention of the painting was to radically transform the hard, cold, and rigid post-Soviet architecture with a soft, delicate, and vivid flower. I chose a pink Carnation and painted it within a tightly cropped frame to disassociate the flower and focus purely on it's abstract form. Historically the Carnation was used in ceremony and celebration (hence the name coronation). In this context I hope to gift Kramatorsk this wall as a celebration of their unique and diverse realities as they endure continued conflict and war. Centered at the apex of the mural is the ubiquitous "you are here" arrow. The marker indicates that the viewer is somewhere in the abstraction of the conflict's reality not knowing if one is going in deeper or possibly emerging. My hope is that the people too can have the possibility to open up and blossom for a better future.