exclusive NFTs to benefit ukraine
Renowned Ukranian artist Marta Pitchuk has joined together with Chef José Andrés of World Central Kitchen (WCK) to offer the first traunch of 7 (out of 21 total) exclusive pieces for sale to benefit Ukraine, hosted on the GlassBlock NFT marketplace, for a limited time only.
100% of all revenue generated from the initial sales of these NFTs will be donated to WCK in support of its ongoing mission to provide food to those affected by the war in Ukraine. Join us in helping WCK provide life-saving humanitarian aid while supporting an independent artist living and working in Ukraine. We thank you for your interest in the project.
1. The Victory Motanka of Kyiv Polissia
Мотанка Перемога. Київське Полісся - The Victory Motanka of Kyiv Polissia - This piece was created by Marta Pitchuk during the most recent events of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The heroine in this work is seen here projecting strength, beauty, and culture of the Ukrainian nation from the fire and shadows of war into a peaceful Ukrainian sky. This artwork is dedicated to the Kyiv Polissia region of Ukraine that has suffered some of the most severe effects of the invasion. This is a very unusual work by Marta inspired by one the most turbulent times in modern Ukrainian history. In addition to the traditional Ukrainian embroidered garments worn by heroines of each painting of the Motanka series, the Motanka in this artwork is also dressed in military gear to reflect on the strength of ordinary Ukrainians: from office clerks to bus drivers, who took up arms to defend their homeland and their liberty.
2. The Trikirion of Hutsulia
Мотанка зі свічником-трійцею - The Trikirion of Hutsulia - A trikirion in Ukrainian and other Eastern Christian traditions is an ornate candleholder for three candles used during mass and other religious ceremonies. In this warm, candlelit image, the heroine is looking away at the trikitrion while protecting the fire of a handheld candle with her hand. Motanka has always been a talisman of protection. In this image, the Motanka is wearing a traditional garment belonging to the mountainous Hutsul region of Ukaine stretching across the Carpathian Mountains. Marta Pitchuk has Hutsul origins herself, so the imagery of ethnic elements from the Carpathians is a common theme in her works.
3. The Feathers of Transcarpathia
Мотанка з пір’ям - The Feathers of Transcarpathia - The Transcarpathian part of Ukraine borders with Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania and, alongside Lviv, was a major outpost for the Austro-Hungarian Empire for a long period of time. This Motanka here is seen protecting a golden feather - an ancient Transcarpathian symbol of family welfare and prosperity.
4. The Bridal Wreath of Pokuttya
Мотанка наречена - The Bridal Wreath of Pokuttya - In the Pokuttya region of Ukraine, brides would always wear flowery wreaths on their wedding day as a symbol of beauty and fertility. This Motanka is unique in that her eyes and facial features are clearly visible and only barely covered up by the traditional cross.
5. The Aqua of Bukovyna
Мотанка з рибами - The Aqua of Bukovyna - The people of the Bukovyna region of Ukraine live their lives closely intertwined with the magical ideas of the past; hence the fish in this painting converge with a Motanka as a clash of different magical worlds.
6. The Lupines of Hutsulia
Мотанка з люпинами - The Lupines of Hutsulia - Lupines (flowers on the background) are highly revered amongst the people of the Ukrainian Hutsulia region, located in the Carpathian Mountains. These flowers are believed to have magical powers and are cherished for their beauty and rarity.
7. The Feather of Boykivshchyna
Мотанка з пір’їною - The Feather of Boykivshchyna - Boyko people of Ukraine inhabit the part of the Carpathian mountains adjacent to the city of Lviv. They’re known for their rebellious spirit, with their own Robin Hood-esque stories of folk heroes of the region.