Yulia Protsyshyn | Artist in residence
Yulia Prosyshyn, Architector, 2018
etching 54,5×142 cm, detail.
25.03 – 04.07
04.07 – 12.08.2022
at Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium
Yulia Protsyshyn is a Graphic artist. She paints and uses printmaking as her medium. She is committed to structural composition with visual integrity and strategic vision. The basis of her artworks consists of figurative forms implemented into fictional space. She searches for combining dominancy and contrast while rhythmic strokes give shape and refer to texture, construction and aesthetics while striving for harmony and an inner sense of well being.
A sense of symmetry is omnipresent as are integrity and balance. Organic forms hint at micro- and macrocosms including geometry, architecture, metaphysics and astronomy. Embodied symbols function as a metaphor for the ethereal and spiritual senses. Asymmetry, proportionality, and emphasis act to oscillate structural juxtapositions of visual integrity.
Yulia Protsyshyn combines several textures in constructions where every layer has a narrative. Consequently, the result is a complex surface that allows a viewer to immerse in associativity. The process of layering imitates spatiality and in doing so the relation between external and internal, sensual and emotional, hidden and frank are all touched upon.
Yulia Protsyshyna was born 1989 in Ternopil, Ukraine. At the age of 14 she went to the Boichuk Art School in Ternopil and over the next four years she received 8 distinctions. As a teenager she won six Ukrainian Art competitions. She became apprentice to artist and printmaker Igor Zilinko in her last year of Art school who formulated her basic professional skills. She studied “Fine Arts and Graphics” at the Ukrainian Academy of Printing in Lviv, Ukraine. This Art Department has an established reputation and the foundation for many of the leading Ukrainian graphic artists. In 2012 she gained her Master’s Degree with honours under the guidance of her professor Sergiy Ivanov
2019 – now Senior lecturer Book graphics and printmaking at the Ukrainian Academy of Printing in Lviv
2016 – 2019 Assistant Book graphics and printmaking at the Ukrainian Academy of Printing in Lviv
2009 – 2016 Designer and illustrator for leading Ukrainian and international companies and publishers.
Artists at Risk
This residency came into being in collaboration with the Finnish NGO Artists at Risk. They are working at the intersection of human rights and the arts. Since 2013 AR has endeavoured to assist artists who are at risk politically and fleeing oppression and war globally. AR has assisted numerous persecuted or imprisoned artists, including Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, the Vietnamese singer, artist, and political activist Mai Khoi, Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy or Kurdish artists such as Barıs Seyitvan. AR is dedicated to supporting persecuted art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at AR-Residences and curating related projects, including the AR Pavilion.