Collaboration with Nadiya Petrovska
Concrete, glass, plastic, acrylic, liquid. 
Size: 12 x 13 x15 cm
   I remember how, at the very beginning of the full-scale invasion, calls to paint over road direction signs were spread all over. For Russian soldiers, who were using Soviet era maps, this should have made it more difficult to navigate. Almost two years have passed since then, but the painted over signs still remind us of the first days of the war but not only. Quite a lit of us are left without directions in life. In a world that has gone beyond our imaginary control, we seem to be driving off-road, not quite understanding where and why, whether we have chosen the right direction, how long to go further and whether there is enough fuel to get there...
   Everyone has its own path in life, but, breaking through the mud, ice or layers of emotional concrete, we all ultimately find our way to ourselves. You can get there at any moment, the main thing is not to be afraid to turn off the asphalt road!   Emotional triggers do exactly the same. Everyone  of us naturally strives for freedom, for exploration, knowledge, creativity and love. But it happens that moving along the roads of life, we notice that some directions are blocked. When the war is over, or even sooner, we will be able to look back, to the past, and reevaluate all the tragic events that happened to us. We will understand that each traumatic experience taught us something important and valuable. Then we will be ready to thank it and let it go - this will be the moment of healing. Moreover, we will be able to do this with all our "hedgehogs" and blocks of concrete, even if they have been lying there for the last 50 years.
Series concept

   The gift that no one would want to receive.

   It is unlikely that anyone in their right mind would want to receive such a gift, but unfortunately, our fate and nervous system do just that and leave us no other choice. War is traumatic. It will end someday, but triggers - certain objects, sounds, and places - will periodically return us to the feelings and states that we experienced and are still experiencing. They settle on the bottom of our psyche like a heavy block of concrete and will lie there as long as they are connected to intense negative emotions and feelings. Until we have rethought the events that have happened and understood what has changed in our personality and values for the better. Until the traumatic memories fit  into neat row of blocks in the foundation of the structure that we have not yet become. It is impossible to run away from triggers, they can and should be discharged, before inherited by children.
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