Anastasiia Sviridenko

Anastasiia Sviridenko (b. 1996, Ukraine) is a visual artist currently based in Tammisaari. Sviridenko’s work ranges from off-site exhibitions to gallery institutions. Her paintings are filled with broken and unstable creatures, and balanced between being figurative and abstract by letting the shapes of beings vanish into the colors. Working with sculpture, she combines found or used materials, intertwining reality and fiction, giving the objects a new way of life. The starting point of her practice is the search for connections between the feelings and the hidden knowledge of matter – whether it be a pencil or a leather jacket.

My eyes fill with yellow when someone looks at me
My skin needs warmth when I’m inside,
But it can keep warm outside
I have no relatives and no affections,
I don’t know what love is,
What relationships are
What is love? Could it be yellow eyes?

During the residency, I continue to work with graphics and painting, creating ambivalent characters who seek their identity along with the shapes and boundaries of their bodies. I will work on creating a performative video, where I invite the character of the paintings to the real world to observe how organically it can live in there. By making sculptures, I turn to textiles as a source of protection and identity, as well as wood as a durable and natural material.

Anastasiia Sviridenko is currently in-residence at Pro Artibus for the period April 2022-December 2023. Sviridenko’s residency is realised in the context of the Ukraine Solidarity Residencies programme.

The current partners of the programme are 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 continuation of the programme is possible due to the support of Kone Foundation and Nordic Culture Point.