22 April 2017

Featured Artist: Irina Goryunova, Russia

Irina Goryunova received international recognition at the 2017 Women in the Arts Inc. competition "Celebrating the Genius of Women" at the Orlando Public Library in Orlando, Florida. Irina was this year's international guest artist at the Women in the Arts Awards event.



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Irina Goryunova
28°31′10.5″N 81°22′36.5″W.
Oil on canvas
40″x30″

"I was in America on June 12, the day of the nightclub shooting in Orlando and I made a painting dedicated to the victims of the tragedy. I called it 28°31'10.5"N 81°22'36.5"W, the geographical coordinates of the Pulse nightclub."- Irina Goryunova

 Artist statement 
"We, the people—though we each have our own dreams, views on life, and goals—live on the same planet and breathe the same air. Blood of the same color runs through our veins. We are all people who each want to live, to love, and to be loved. We all want to see a continuation of ourselves in our deeds, our children, and our legacy. And although I believe we are one people I see us divided and classified by our differences, and I will not accept those divisions.
For this reason, I named this piece using the geographic coordinates of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. In the numbers, no skin color, sexual orientation, political or religious belief is visible, just the location of the tragedy. There is no categorization in the title. We the people are together.”
Irina is represented by Agora Gallery in New York City.

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The Women in the Arts exhibition "Celebrating the Genius of Women" is on view until April 23, 2017 at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32801. 

Contact
Mike Donohue 407 835-7483 | Community Relations, OCPL
Maria Guerrero: womeninthearts@gmail.com | Women in the Arts Inc.

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This event is sponsored by Women in the Arts, corporate and private donors, Studio-T Photography, and Baterbys Art Gallery, in partnership with the Orlando Public Library.

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