"What Sits in My Guts"
2008-2009, embroidered sewn linen, paper, molded tubing, carved wooden ax
On loan from the Ukrainian Inslolute of Modern Art, Chicago
Gift of the artist
From the essay by guest curator Adrienne Kochman in the exhibition catalogue: "Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak’s What Sits in My Guts (2008-2009) is a jarring allusion to the horror of the Ukrainian Holodomor famine genocide, conveyed through a child’s embroidered garment. Narrative accounts of witnesses are stuffed into the body’s cloth casing, a testament the artist has intertwined with her own past, her own entrails and core." See this very powerful work at The Ukrainian Museum in the exhibition "The Ukrainian Diaspora: Women Artists 1908–2015." More about "Women Artists 1908–2015" (on display through February 14, 2016):