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Incomprehensible are the relations between a man and a woman as earthly and celestial elements. Sun and Month, hard and pliable, as contrary and yet undivided sexes; taken together they make the basic theme of artworks of Kateryna Gutnikova.

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Incomprehensible are the relations between a man and a woman as earthly and celestial elements. Sun and Month, hard and pliable, as contrary and yet undivided sexes; taken together they make the basic theme of artworks of Kateryna Gutnikova. Her artistic discourse is about problems of conscious and unconscious, about dramatic, agonizingly fine and bitter, and sometimes hateful connections between the worlds of a Woman and a Man, real and unreal in human life and senses. She embodies her meditations in artistically elegant compositions, the essence of which at first she puts through history and fiction, like through the lens, through the prism of aesthetics, play and carnival. In the meantime the artist makes skillful use of a guise, mask, persona in its antique understanding as a part of a person, which was shown to the external world, expressing and, simultaneously, hiding an authentic self, character, soul. The environment of her personages is made of histrionics, decorative poses and figures.

The works of Kateryna Gutnikova create a stage, where in oblivion some inspired performance. Splendid and wonderful attire stimulates thrust and relaxedness.

It is in flowers, grapes, fairy-tale melodies and, which is the most important, in love -headache you make it head off today... Today the author stages mostly one-theme performances, however under different names and aspects.

These complicated and rich compositions are inventively balanced, full of whimsical meanings and real life plots. Besides, there are landscape motifs and allegoric symbols. The Nature, flora and fauna from its entrails and are ready to flaw beyond the bounds of the drawing. The idea of a carnival, as a recreation of the essence of life with the help of figurative art means, is regularly actualized in the history of the world culture. In her works the moody and plotline carnival peripeteias become an important matter for philosophical reflection, psychological research and self-knowledge. Through her works, she strives to understand to major secrets: love and art. Perhaps, her quest is not in vain, as far as it brings forth one more secret: creative work of a young artist. Her creative manner is typical of the postmodern artist: reinterpretation of the age-old myths according to one's own painful questions. Private problems of the artist appear to be the problems of womankind, and mankind as a whole.

You can put her works on a par with palimpsests; only, to be precise, they do not block each other, but prop up. When you ponder over these artworks you come to understand that it isn't that easy to find the way out of the labyrinth of these themes, reminiscences, meanings and discoveries. This is the prime example of intellectual poetry created by means of graphic arts.

Olesia Avramenko, Candidate of Art Criticism.
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