Female Corporeality and Religion 2023

Online Art Exhibition


Road to the Temple

Olha Shynkarenko

Tear-outs ("Vyryvanka")


70 x 50 cm





In this work, I wanted to showcase the extraordinary mission of a woman – to be a guide and a protectress for her children. She not only gives them physical life but also introduces them to the spiritual. Our world is like a holy temple, a shrine, a church. The mother-woman is the start of every human journey. She paves the path of life for all her children, she assists them in making their first and most important steps.


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.