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Paintings &
Drawings

In this section are presented the paintings and drawings, sketches and silkscreen prints by Maria Kulikovska. Her artworks are characterized by seriality and they often engage in dialogue with other art projects of artist, especially sculptures and performances.

Maria Kulikovska's method of work with every new project (from performance to video) is based on transferring her mind and ideas on the paper first. These sketches by pencil or watercolor sketches, in time, can grow into long-term and integrated artistic projects.

The watercolors by Maria Kulikovska are the performative paintings. On the one hand, the artist's sketches become the basis for creating her performances. On the other side, the characters painted by Kulikovska are also alive and performative, they migrate from one painting to the other, from one series to the other series. At the same time, they always are in a state of mutation and transformation. This process of full or semi-full modification of image is really important for Kulikovska's series of paintings or drawings: depicting the body, she modifies it in the following artwork.

The leitmotif of Kulikovska's creativity is a research of a body and the boundaries of it. The body is the permanent character of watercolors and sketches by Maria Kulikovska, and the mutation of the body translates the process of confrontation or dependence on any type of restrictions and borders. Moreover, Maria Kulikovska always uses different untraditional paper for her paintings, for example the medical or juridical blanks, or the old paper for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. These papers have clearly defined boundaries, rubber stamps, which can't be breached. This rubber stamp is a restriction dissuasive accommodation of the objects on the page. The artist tries to destroy these boundaries and to build the composition despite the structure of specific paper, especially if it is misused, but which the artist fills with new values.

Paintings &
Drawings

In this section are presented the paintings and drawings, sketches and silkscreen prints by Maria Kulikovska. Her artworks are characterized by seriality and they often engage in dialogue with other art projects of artist, especially sculptures and performances.

Maria Kulikovska's method of work with every new project (from performance to video) is based on transferring her mind and ideas on the paper first. These sketches by pencil or watercolor sketches, in time, can grow into long-term and integrated artistic projects.

The watercolors by Maria Kulikovska are the performative paintings. On the one hand, the artist's sketches become the basis for creating her performances. On the other side, the characters painted by Kulikovska are also alive and performative, they migrate from one painting to the other, from one series to the other series. At the same time, they always are in a state of mutation and transformation. This process of full or semi-full modification of image is really important for Kulikovska's series of paintings or drawings: depicting the body, she modifies it in the following artwork.

The leitmotif of Kulikovska's creativity is a research of a body and the boundaries of it. The body is the permanent character of watercolors and sketches by Maria Kulikovska, and the mutation of the body translates the process of confrontation or dependence on any type of restrictions and borders. Moreover, Maria Kulikovska always uses different untraditional paper for her paintings, for example the medical or juridical blanks, or the old paper for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. These papers have clearly defined boundaries, rubber stamps, which can't be breached. This rubber stamp is a restriction dissuasive accommodation of the objects on the page. The artist tries to destroy these boundaries and to build the composition despite the structure of specific paper, especially if it is misused, but which the artist fills with new values.
The series of watercolor paintings on the medical reports and ultrasound pictures issued on Maria Kulikovska's pregnancy. Kyiv, Ukraine, 2021.
The series of watercolor paintings on the forms for forensic medical examination was started in 2020 year and is still continuing.
The series of more than 130 watercolor paintings on the paper, received from migration offices, was started in 2020 year and is still continuing.
8 watercolor paintings on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. Created at Studio of Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden, 2019.
8 watercolors on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period for 8 workers of the Odesa Fine Arts Museum. Odesa, Ukraine, 2019.
10 silkscreen prints of Maria Kulikovska's performance «War and Pea€e» on the basis of photographic documentation made by Sergey Vaganov. These silkscreen prints were made in the workshop of the platform of cultural initiatives «Izolyatsia» in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2019.
Series of 888 watercolor paintings on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. Kyiv, Ukraine, 2019.
Series of watercolors on the papers with Amy's Sillman essay "Shit happens". Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018.
Watercolors on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. The series was created during one autumn evening in the cold, lonely white-cube-studio of Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden, 2018.
Two watercolors on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. Created during summer 2018 in Sweden, 2341 km away from the occupied artist's home.
Silkscreen Print
Silkscreen prints of Maria Kulikovska's performance «254. Action» on the basis of photographic documentation of this performance took place during the biennial of contemporary art Manifesta'10 in 2014. The silkscreen prints were made in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2019.
Watercolor paintings on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. The series was launched on the old ship "Lofoten" from Bergen, Norway. Finished in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2018.
Sketches for the sculptural series
These sketches became the first attempts of the artist to transform into artistic form her own interpretation of the definition of carpe diem, which subsequently received a three-dimensional sculpture objects named «Carpe Diem». The sketches were created in the spring of 2017.
Watercolor diptych on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. Kyiv, Ukraine, 2017.
Pencil drawings on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. Kyiv, Ukraine, during the winter of 2016/2017.
Watercolor triptych on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. Kyiv, Ukraine, autumn of 2015.
Watercolor diptych. Malmö, Sweden. February-March 2015.
Watercolor paintings on the papers for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. Malmö, Sweden, 2014-2015.
Series of over 60 watercolors and ink paintings. Kyiv, Ukraine, 2014.
The painting with acrylic and oil paint on the home-used textile in Kerch, Crimea Peninsula, Ukraine, 2011.