The sad truth is that man’s real life consists of a complex of inexorable opposites – day and night, birth and death, happiness and misery, good and evil. We are not even sure that one will prevail against the other, that good will overcome evil, or joy defeat pain. It always has been and always will be; and if it were not so, existence would come to an end. Man and His Symbols. C. G. Jung
My name is Iuliia Kostenko. I’ve been painting from childhood and I always felt that it was my calling. However, I graduated from art studio in 2002, and put away my paintbrush. I thought forever. The necessity of self-affirmation, a desire to find a stable place for myself in the world, led me to chose another way to realize my potential.
In 2008 I got a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and spent the next years working in tech startups. Art returned to me in 10 years.
After visiting India in 2012 I had a major psychological breakthrough and experienced an irresistible desire to start drawing again. In 2013 I traveled to Nepal and lived in Kopan monastery studying with monks (learning Buddhism, psychology, writings of monks). I was painting again, expressing my long-suppressed unconsciousness.
Most of my paintings of that period interweave with works of Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung (you can find them in description to each picture with the reference to his works). Some paintings (oil, canvas) were sold.
After coming to Canada in 2015, I met a gifted professor of Visual Art Oleg Nedoshytko. I have been working with him for a while, developing my art skills. He helped me to extend my knowledge and improve my drawing technique. I was impressed by Chinese and Japanese art: conciseness and elegance of simple forms became for me a basis for adopting a new style and creating a new collection. Using a nib, brush and black waterproof ink, I once again began creating a mirror to reflect the thin dividing line between the beautiful and the deficient of our world. I hope you will see it reflected in my works.
You probably can reproach me for it, but I believe that any person has strong will to live, which can help to choose him/her truth. The Tavistock Lectures. С. G. Jung.