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The world is made of the variety of things and objects that seem not to exist without each other. When we see the moon on the night sky, it is difficult for us to imagine it without stars. When we tell “the school blackboard”, we think about chalk and wet sponge, and every book has its reader.

It is the same for life and sculpture – these two notions are indivisible for the contemporary Ukrainian sculptor Anna Voloshko.

The culture of sculpture

Sculpture is always the choice of a person with fine aesthetic taste and high life principles. The sculpture is an immortalized destiny, a petrified moment that was meant to become perpetual. The sculpture is always a presence. A person surrounded by sculpture will never be alone. It lives the life of its owner and is a silent witness of important events and experiences. Everything in the world has a worthy replacement, but a sculpture can only be replaced by another sculpture. It is always here to invoke warm feelings from the distant past, attentively listening to the company or to the whisper of our own story.

The sculpture is an independent object of admiration and lust. It wants to belong, but always stays independent. Without changing but obeying to the sunlight and spectator’s mood, it impresses us again and again.

Bronze fever

The history of bronze is an inseparable part of the history of civilization. The first bronze art objects are dated three thousand years ago. This metal determined in many ways the development of the world art.

Bronze finds its application in many forms such as sculpture, applied art, and decor. Bronze sculpture is an essential decoration of aristocratic and imperial interiors. Bronze items in the art collection were the proof of fine and exigent taste of its owner.

Perpetual collector

Bronze is one of old-established symbols of aristocracy. The art objects made of bronze were always the symbol of social status, power, luxury, and elegance. It is impossible to explain what exactly attracts attention in the bronze works. On one hand, it is a pleasure of contemplation, on other hand – its imperial grandeur. The bronze sculpture also fascinates the art collectors for many other reasons. The French King Louis XIV and Russian Empress Elizaveta Petrovna as many other august and rich personages, have been acquiring bronze art objects for their own luxury collections. The collector that at least once found a bronze sculpture will always try to find similar impressions, to meet the elected sculptor and his work. This is the conviction of the followers of Anna Voloshko’s art.

In the beginning it was a play…

In the early childhood, when Anna didn’t know yet to read and write, the future sculptor discovered a magic world of clay. Her skillful hands transformed into reality Anna’s child fantasies and feelings. The dolls didn’t interest a lot the girl. They already had arms, legs, and face expressions. They were all the same, not alive, universal. The interest for toys was depleted very fast: Anna wanted and tried to create her own toys that were alive. She spent whole days in art classes. Since then, clay, paints, brushes, and palette-knives became an indispensable part of Anna’s life. In time the tiny art classroom was replaced by the big auditory and the art workshop of the Art School. Then the years of studies in the National Academy of Art and Architecture fixed the understanding: material and form. The feeling of the limit disappeared, her individual and distinctive style was manifesting more and more.

The profession of sculptor is not a personal choice; it is a destiny, a gift to see the world dimensionally and texturally. The retentive sight, ready to fix a sporadic idea that later will be monumentalized in the cold, but ductile metal. The creation of the bronze sculpture is a technically difficult and long process, each step of which is personally controlled by Anna Voloshko. Small as a human fist or big as a human, every work is on the edge of the fiction and real events that are subtly competing in the thoughts and later in the hands of the sculptor.

“I want the moving voice of the bronze to speak not only during the exhibitions, but in the everyday life of Ukrainians”, says the sculptor, “ I want that each work invites the spectator into the world of special experiences”

Yulia Vereshchaga