Flowers from the Frontline
A series of miniature Pressed flower books in silver, encasing flowers from the new frontlines Ukraine. Picked in the first Spring flowers since the Russian invasion occurred, these Flowers capture the beauty, growing out of the agony of this time.
This project sprung to life after a visit to the Garden Museum during the weekend that war broke out in Ukraine. Looking into a cool glass cabinet at the display of WW1 soldier George Marr's wildflowers, which had been posted home from the trenches to his loved one, I felt moved by the romance, poetry and delicateness of the uncertain and dark time - immortalised by something so beautiful. So it was decided, I would try to create my own gesture by working with botanicals from the new war zones in Kyiv to today.
"To acknowledge flowers in a time of war is to appreciate life in a time of destruction."
May 22, 2022
Olga Morozova is a Kievian born artist, living and working in Kyiv, Ukraine.
May 23, 2022 5:00 am
Exploration of Ideas
The Kyiv inspired jewellery collection is the main focus of the project with 'Kievan Rus of the 11th century' becoming a source of inspiration. Ideas of a common project that incorporates flowers and sand from the trenches is being discussed. The influence of these materials are from the ongoing war that has polluted the park near Olga in Kyiv with mines and shells. The devastation of the war is taking its toll on everything with sirens on day and night and artist being out of business.
May 23, 2022 2:28 pm
Flowers are continued to be collected for the jewellery project by Olga in Kyiv. Phoebe and Olga brainstorm opportunities to showcase Olga's artwork. The increase of sirens in Kyiv is affecting Olga's health, but she is continuing to stay strong with her family.
May 26, 2022 1:33 pm
Beginning for Production
Production on the 'Flowers from the frontline' pieces is starting with medieval Ukrainian jewellery being used as a new source of inspiration. Olga's 'Oranta' painting has become part of a exhibition in the of Sofia, Kyiv. having her artwork.