Piecing Together Yury Darashkevich
Yury Darashkevich paints women who exist outside of trends. Classical and modern, these women are not confined by time or period. They are malleable in their existence which include fluid attributes that perpetuates their beauty.
“Beauty,” I say the word to myself as I look through Yury’s paintings and try to understand. Why not intelligent, substantial, prolific, or intuitive? Why are women defined by beauty and not by their innate traits that shine through furrowed brows, insistent eyes, and stubborn lips. I’ve scoured countless paintings of men and thought of them as stoic, larger than themselves, weathered, concerned, deeply moved, and handsome? Handsome might be a thought but it isn’t what I write. It isn’t how I define a man. So why am I so quick to define a woman as beautiful instead of who she really is; A human being capable of millions of thoughts, innumerable emotions, magnificent feats of human intimacy, kindness, and malice.
As a woman who is infuriated by being defined as a pretty face and nothing more. Who has also been subjected to the expectation that a woman’s job is keeping my mouth shut and looking pretty. With that on mind I’m quite appreciative of Yury’s work. These women are beyond beauty. They are above being superficial and what Yury mentions as “ALTERED beauty.” Because Altered Beauty is what happens when you speak your mind, when you let people know who you are instead of letting them tell you who you should be. Yury captures the moment of when women decide to define themselves instead of letting others dictate their who they are, how to act, and what to they should look like to appease nothing more than the camera.
We, not just women, but all beings are highly complex and entitled to be more than just a face. We are intrepid, enlightened, and are a collective experience. When Yury pieces the faces of these women together, he shows us that the sum of many parts constitutes a story in and of itself. One that can’t be told or experienced the same way twice. That is the beauty of Yury’s art.
Enjoy the track “Track 2” by Lowtec while viewing the gallery below.
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