Drinkle building art wall in Saskatoon features work from Ukrainian artist

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Drinkle building art wall in Saskatoon features work from Ukrainian artist

The worst sound for Ksenia Igolkina is an air raid siren. This terrifying experience inspired her to start creating educational artwork that can now be found in different parts of the world, including Saskatoon.

“It’s absolutely the most terrible sound and when we hear it in Kyiv, we have to go to shelters,” said Igolkina, who currently lives in Kyiv.

Her work can be seen on the Drinkle Building Art Wall found in Third Avenue.

“There are a lot of rockets in our country,” Igolkina said. “There are many deaths, there are many tears, but Ukrainian people find energy and the strength to live.”

Igolkina was among many forced to flee to safety when Russia began attacking Ukraine. She was forced to leave everything behind, but brought her tablet, which is used to create wall art while living in a shelter.

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“I drew the piece with the heart in the first weeks of war,” Igolkina said. ” I drew it and sat in the shelter at night. I could hear rockets and planes and explosions all around this area where we were staying for this night. It was the most terrifying moment of my life because I was so scared, completely scared.”

But at the same time she said in that moment she had never been so proud to be among the Ukrainian people. Brave people can resist such evil as Russia today. she said.

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Her story and the war in Ukraine is what inspired Drinkle Building owner Dave Denny to bring Igolkina’s art to Saskatoon.

“It felt important to me to be able to bring her art here,” Denny said. “I wanted to do any little thing I could to help.”

Denny is of Ukrainian heritage. Meanwhile, it means so much to Igolkina to display her art in Saskatoon. When she saw the photos of her work on the Drinkle building wall, it was a special moment, she said.

“For every artist it is very important to know that your art speaks to those who see it,” said Igolkina. ” Art that can reach different people and speak to different people brings real benefits. And the art you’ll see on the Drinkle Building says a lot about the terrible things that are happening here in Ukraine and the bravery of the Ukrainian people.”

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Igolkina said she is grateful that more and more people are seeing the message shared by her art.

“Now I understand that maybe thanks to the war I can create something that people need at this moment,” said Igolkina.

Igolkina is now in the process of creating new works of art that she hopes to sell and then share the proceeds with a hospital in Kiev that helps children affected by the war.

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