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Ayla Dmyterko

Ayla Dmyterko
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Working across multiple media, I reactivate and re-embody cultural memory in response to contemporary concerns surrounding colonialism, patriarchy and capitalism. Informed by social responsibility, selfhood and spirituality I interweave lived experiences, the impacts of imperial dominance, generational histories, ancestral wisdom and mythologies embracing what is fragmented, connective, multiple, porous and in flux. My recent works echo this by enmeshing moving image, dance, painting, textile, sculpture and art writing elements. As a Ukrainian- Canadian artist based in Scotland, it is important for me to understand histories of my heritage in relation to my new home. Questioning where diasporic voice lies in the present, I utilize material culture analysis, archival and narrative inquiry research bound together by auto- ethnographic action, creation and dialogue to understand what inherited aesthetics and ethics become visible through generational gaps. Including epistemologies historically dismissed by the academic mythos of the global north, I am interested in how the past is continuously modified and re-iterated to shape our current psyche and conceptions of the future.
Education
2018-20 Glasgow School of Art, Master of Fine Art, distinction
2012-15 Concordia University, Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), distinction
2006-11 University of Regina, Bachelor of Arts Education (Visual Art and Dance), distinction

Selected Exhibitions & Screenings
2021
Solo Exhibition, Pour the Fear: Solastalgic Synchronicities, Lunchtime Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Cowlick in a Devil’s Peak: A Night of Artist’s Film, CCA Glasgow, Scotland
And the Land Breathes Back: aCinema, Milwaukee, United States
Empathy/Empathie: Concordia AHGSA Symposium, Montréal, Canada
MAP Residency Viewing: CCA Glasgow, Scotland
2020
Solastalgic Soliloquy Premiere: MAP Magazine, Glasgow, Scotland
Ritual & Lore: Art Gallery of Regina, Canada
Commission Viewing: Regina Performing Arts Centre, CA
2019
MFA Interim Show: Glue Factory, Glasgow, Scotland
2018
Three Times Removed: Tontine Space, Glasgow, Scotland
Hush Hush: Hague Gallery, Regina, Canada
2017
Wunderkammer: Creative City Centre, Regina, SK, Canada
The Sentimentalists: WOT Pop-Up Space, Regina, SK, Canada
2016
Solo Show, The Tale Began with a Beet (It Must End with The Devil): Projet Pangée, Montréal, Canada
2015
Intermittence. Gallery Aux Vues: Montréal, Canada

Publications
2021 Eternal Recurrence of Escapist Spectre: Penrose Helix, Plicnik Space, London, UK
2020 Our Ancestors Exist as a Reliquary of Whispers: KAJET Journal, Bucharest, RA
2019 Distance of Sea, of Years in Chains, ed. Julia Kothe & Julia Gerthe: CCA Glasgow, Scotland & Kunsthochschule Mainz, Germany

Awards & Commissions
2021
Visual Arts and Craft Makers Award: Creative Scotland & Glasgow Life
2020
Graduate Fellowship: Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Scotland
Sustainable Practice Award: Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
2018
Mackendrick Award, GSA, Scotland
2017
Community Leader Award, Seven Stones School, Canada
2016
Painting Commission, Linnen Collection, CA
2015
Fine Arts Competition: Consulate General of Poland, Canada
Distance of Sea, of Years
  • Ayla Dmyterko
  • Distance of Sea, of Years
  • Installation
Veils of Forgetfulness
  • Ayla Dmyterko
  • Veils of Forgetfulness
  • Tapestry
Veils of Forgetfulness (detail)
  • Ayla Dmyterko
  • Veils of Forgetfulness (detail)
  • Tapestry
If Our Paths Ran Parallel, They Would Never Meet
  • Ayla Dmyterko
  • If Our Paths Ran Parallel, They Would Never Meet
  • Painting
If Our Paths Ran Parallel, They Would Never Meet (detail)
  • Ayla Dmyterko
  • If Our Paths Ran Parallel, They Would Never Meet (detail)
  • Painting
Temporal Vocabulary for Reverie
  • Ayla Dmyterko
  • Temporal Vocabulary for Reverie
  • Found Objects
Importation
  • Ayla Dmyterko
  • Importation
  • Painting

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