Female Corporeality and Religion 2023

Online Art Exhibition


Coral Necklace

Olha Shynkarenko

Tear-outs ("Vyryvanka")


70 x 50 cm





In this work I wished to represent a kind of traditional image of a Ukrainian girl. In olden times, when a girl reached the age of 13 or 14, her parents would give her as a gift a coral necklace. It was supposed to mark the time of her youth and blooming young beauty. It was a gesture filled with symbolic meanings, a kind of ‘initiation’ leading into the future life of adulthood, femininity and maternity.


Olha Shynkarenko

Olha Shynkarenko (b.  1952) is a Ukrainian vytynankanka (papercutting) artist. She was born in Kuban, in a family of Cossack immigrants from Ukraine. She received her art education in Kyiv, where she became interested in folk art, its traditions and energy. She started out working in decorative painting techniques, but later became interested in vytynanka, and then switched to the ancient, traditional technique of Ukrainian vyryvanka. 

She is a member of the National Union of Masters of Folk Art of Ukraine and holds the title of People's Master of Ukraine. She is engaged in creative, exhibition and educational activities. She has received many personal honors and awards, and is sincerely happy with the achievements of her students.