Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Handmade by Kathleen Day
Bring one of these beauties home for $50 each!
In my practice and travels between North America and Europe, I seek to understand a culture and how it shapes a group of people.
Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. This craft was brieﬂy introduced to me when I was in elementary school, then re-introduced by a friend last summer. Initially, I found the patterns very beautiful and the practice of drawing on eggs strange and intriguing. The process of making a pysanka adds to the appeal of this work. Using a batik method, I work backwards, adding wax to the places on the egg where she wishes the colour to remain, then dipping the egg in a new colour of ink. Throughout the process, colour and wax continue to be added. Once ﬁnished, all of the wax is melted off, and I can ﬁnally see what the pysanka looks like. The ﬁnished product is always a surprise, much in the same way a picture developed in the darkroom is.
Growing up in Edmonton, half of my family comes from Ukraine. Even though I have never been there, I feel strong connections to this country. The eggs on display, are decorated with traditional Ukrainian designs, because it is my intention to honour this tradition in the way that it has been developed and practiced for centuries. My background is photography, and in my previous bodies of work I have focused on documenting the people in certain cultures, this collection is different because I am not participating as an outsider, but taking a ﬁrst-hand approach to master a cultural practice.
Kathleen Day is a visual artist, originally from Edmonton, Alberta. She received a degree from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) with a major in photography in 2013. In addition, she also completed two off-campus exchanges at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Ar.co in Lisbon. After spending one year living and working in Madrid she returned to work at the Library and Archives Canada as a digital imaging technician at the Preservation Centre in Gatineau.
Day has been very involved in the arts community in Edmonton and abroad. She has shown her work across Canada and in Europe in several group and solo shows. She also enjoys volunteering at The Drawing Room assisting in the gallery and bookstore! She is currently based in Berlin working as a freelance photographer.