This print is inspired by and is dedicated to the women of Ukraine who had to flee their homes and save their children. A warrior-like figure with strong esteem and dignity, she fights for the life of her children and elders, overcoming physical and psychological traumas.
The exploration of techniques in the printmaking process have enabled Katya to explore and communicate concepts that contribute to a multifaceted psychological space that reflects her Ukrainian heritage and introspection of the cultures that she has found herself to be part of.
This print is a four zinc plate etching with aquatint and deep bite etch. Aquatint is a fine layer of resin powder melted onto a plate and etched for a short period of time to create a tonal surface area. Deep bite etch is achieved by leaving the plate in the acid for a longer period to create a deep line that appears as an embossment like effect. Multiple plate etchings that have different depths of bite, aquatint and ink viscosity that build on complicated stacks of layered inks and embossing all married by pressure.
Working as a senior print Technician at Middlesex University, where she also studied. Katya is specialising in intaglio and screen printing and works with paint on glass, producing two- and three-dimensional sculptures that are inspired by seventeenth century iconography and the introspective self. She draws inspiration from the current and the reflection of the historical perception of it. Katya is a new and exciting artist who is not afraid to challenge the viewer’s perception of the world. Her work has been exhibited in the Royal Society of British Artists, RA Summer Exhibition and has been shown frequently at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair.