Anastasiia Sviridenko

Anastasiia Sviridenko (1996) is a Ukrainian painter and draughtswoman currently based in Finland. She works at the interface between figurative representation and abstraction, reflecting on existence.


I imagine that Suomenlinna landscapes will lead my work in drawing and painting about the nature of the bodies and their absence. The human body for me is a source of experience of being, but never the final point. I draw and paint bodies with the willingness to transform them into spaciousness. During my residency, I plan to continue working on sculpting creatures from wax and tree branches. This process of finding bodies for my sculptures in nature turns into a commitment for me to engage with the world. Sculpting from broken and lying on the ground branches, is a practice of seeing and reminding that there is no separation between life and death.

Anastasiia Sviridenko’s residency is realised in the context of the Ukraine Solidarity Residencies programme.

The programme has been realised in partnership with AARK, Art Centre Salmela, Connecting Points programme, Fairres, Goethe-Institut Finnland, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Kristinestad Art Residency, Loviisa Art Support Association, Nelimarkka Museum, Pro Artibus, Tahmelan Huvila, The Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, The Finnish Illustration Association Kuvittajat, and Värtsilä Artist Residency.

The programme has been supported by Kone Foundation and Nordic Culture Point. The continuation of the programme in 2024 is possible due to the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture.