Oresta Szeparowycz *
slate stone, fragments of pysanka (Easter egg)
12" x 12" x 4"
Donated by the artist
Ukrainian born Oresta Szeparowycz arrived in the United States in1952. After receiving a BFA from Pratt Institute and attending Skowhegan School in Maine on scholarship, she was selected to join a diplomatic mission representing the first Graphic Arts Exhibit between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1968 she designed large murals for the windows of Bergdorf & Goodman. This exposure led to murals in shopping malls commissioned by architects. Interior designers for King Fahd and his family were also attracted by Oresta’s artwork and commissioned her for the palace and King Fahd’s summer home in Jedda. Her work was also represented by Hanson Gallery on Rodeo Drive and the Dassain Gallery in the Pacific Design Center, leading to numerous commissions from the entertainment world.
Oresta made an extended journey to Crete to “commune with nature.” There she made a deep connection with stones. This passion resurfaced in a large body of stone sculptures which she created over the past four years. “The slate from different regions led to a collection of stones that dictated a personal vision. It was effortless because it was uniquely my own language. There were no rules or restrictions. I had a clean slate to walk into the unknown. My new body of work is the most significant work have ever done. It comes from a profound place in my psyche . . . I hear the ancient ones whispering to me.”