Art See Ocean Proudly presents Artist in residence
Kateryna Seheda, Visual Artist
Unesco and Artists at Risk Grant recipient 1/12-28/2 2023
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Kateryna Seheda, Multidisciplinary Artist, UA
In the basis of my work is the research of the nature of violence: both in the context of my own life and in relation to the political state of my birthplace. I focus on the unity of mental and physical states.
When my mother was pregnant with me, doctors tried to “cure” her infertility with electric shocks, thus hurting me being an embryo.
My genetic memory has recorded this violence. Further on I became a hostage of domestic violence in my family, which lead to the constant feeling of insecurity.
In 2014 my home - Crimea, was annexed by the Russian Federation.
This even became a peak of my feeling of vulnerability and exposure. Together with he loss of the unity of my state, I have lost my identity.
Thus the main focus of my creative endeavours became the ability of the humankind to resist all sorts of violence.
All my artistic themes are bound by one topic - the wistful longing for the freedom and the desire to get rid of the illness, annexation and gruesome childhood memories.
I use various mediums: painting, textiles and ceramics. I experiment with the idea of corporeality, intrauterine development.
For that I use textile as the most fitting material for this kind of objects: with it’s flexibility and elasticity it reminds of the human skin and body. When I paint, I work around the topics of the human life evolvement, and through the color spots I explore my inner processes. When I work with clay, I enclose the ideas ad thought in the shapes that I build. This Combination of techniques and artistic approaches allows me to create the desired effect of materiality and tactility.
Kateryna Seheda is one of Unesco-grant recipients through Artists at Risk
She was granted a three month long stipend from December until February 2023.
This three-month period is Sehedas opportunity to continue her artist residence
at Art See Ocean, developing artwork and preparing for upcoming exhibitions and performances in January 2023.
7 June, Article in Dagens Nyheter.
DN Kultur, read full three page article and Interview with Jenny Nyman
26-29 May 2022
Kateryna Seheda exhibition at Supermarket Stockholm Independent Artfair
represented by Maria Kulikovskas, Gallery Garage33, Kyiv, garage33.net/store/
May 2022, SWAN and Artist at Risk residency,
Kateryna Seheda will be developing her work at Art See Ocean Artist residence.
Funded by Svenska Postkodstiftelsen.
SWAN, Swedish artist residency network - Emergency residencies and Artists at Risk.
Svenska Postkodstiftelsen and Swedish Culture council.
And in collaboration with
IASPIS - The Swedish Arts Grants Comitte´s international program for Visual artists