Khrystyna Gaidamaka is a unique and extraordinary artist. And that is not surprisingly as since her very birth there meant to be a certain artistic program in her personality. The program which fortunately ruins existing stereotype that children of geniuses are almost never geniuses. On the one hand, that is a great gift to be a daughter of prominent artists Larisa Mishchenko and Anatolij Gaidamaka; on the other hand, that is a great responsibility and everlasting fight for your personal, your OWN place in the field of arts. In the case of each success you always have to apologize for your origin, trying to prove your self-sufficiency and independence.
Probably that became the main reason for the basic symbol of her art — TREE of life which grows from strong root, with each branch to live its own life holding the trunk. Her trees are the essence of life with all the moments of joy, sadness, love, disappointment, and deep and sincere patriotism.
Khrystyna’s art is a little window to life where nature is represented with no mediators and particular convention. She models the space in its symbolic moments, creating the system of diverse perspectives and tones, combining poetic perception of the environment with the reality, making different views out of her own window. Khrystyna is a painter - romantic. She constantly tries to bring life of her soul together with the reality which is sometimes quite cruel. This is the way her cycle of graphic works “Ukrainian Diary” was being created. That was the SOUL which was screaming in despair and pain to the whole world when trying to protect her coun try: Ilovaisk, Ukrops (Ukrainian patriots), the Heavenly Hundred, St. Patrons (Scythian babas) — all of them are anti - poetical reality which is the demonstration of the craftswoman’s viewpoint and her weapon in a whirlwind of present. Her works fascinate with ethical philosophic melody of still lifes which one can read and move like a jigsaw puzzle. However, I would not dare do that being scared of breaking Khrystyna’s code where every apple has a well-defined place and each pattern on the rushnyk (towel) is a coded message. That is why she has not got panoramic pictures which are so beneficial and commercial. Her works are the whole mystery which needs to be felt and heard.
In Khrystyna’s works you will not find plain air painting with its certain time conventionalities. Her space is timeless and working process can last till the moment when she wants to make the last stroke of the paintbrush. That is the reason why a moment on her paintings never stops, light glows, shadows fly, colours change. However, lots of work, continuous search, perfectionism and dreaminess are hidden behind this ease.
They say “a man is known by his work”. And that is really so. Whatever Khrystyna takes up: painting, design, museum expositions — everything is always exquisite and sophisticated as this is BEAUTY where she sees the sense of her life. Designing this BEAUTIFUL space she genuinely believes that it can help change the world where there is lots of NOT beauty. That is why there are so many branches on her trees which will turn green every spring and then they will bloom and apples will appear; so it stands for her — Khrystyna Gaidamaka.
PhD, Art Expert.