Oksana Hawrylak is a visual artist from Toronto whose work focuses on public & community art, with a strong folk art bent.
She studied printmaking at OCAD University, and has exhibited internationally, including Ukraine and Russia; she is also a co-founder of Kosa Kolektiv, a Slavic folk arts collective based in Toronto. Oksana is involved in community arts initiatives in Toronto, directing many arts based events and ongoing activities.
I am interested in storytelling through art, community, and collaborations; I tell my personal stories through objects and use them to document and catalog moments in my life. Sometimes I paint these objects that surround me on Japanese paper that is later pasted on various surfaces; the use of flat layers is commonly found in printmaking and Eastern European folk art.
I enjoy juxtaposing my art in urban and rural environments with compelling stories of communities and culture. The purpose behind my work is to engage in conversation with others so that we may better understand our surroundings and our need for identity and belonging.
© 2017 The PATCH (Public Art Through Construction Hoarding) Project - all images are copyrighted by the artist, unless otherwise noted