Illustrations for the feature article on how patriarchal stereotypes influence lives of Ukrainian women and their relationship with their family for Reporters. media. Some of the stories were quite familiar (parents continuously insisting on having grandchildren as soon as possible), some truly terrifying (mother forcing her daughter into a relationship just for the sake of it).
As I read the stories I thought about using some elements of totalitarian regimes' styles. But the pressure these young women experience in their families is actually often well-intended and therefore invisible. So I came up with other unifying elements – flowers. They are a symbol of romance; and traditional Ukrainian clothing is often embroidered with them: headwraps (which married women wore), and linen. I used monotype technique to create flower patterns.