WIAC Studio Artist Celebrates 25 years at Smithsonian

Local artist’s pysanky egg folk art has been preserved as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s rotating collection for over a quarter of a century.

 

Schuylkill County, USA – June 1, 2018 — 12 pysanky eggs from local folk artist, Georgine Borchick have been part of the rotating collection at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. since 1992.  Borchick’s pysanky (which means “to write” in Ukrainian) eggs are done in the Ukrainian tradition.  Geometric patterns and colors represent different elements of Christianity and honor the Ukrainian landscape. Designs are created using a cycle of wax application and dying followed by removing the wax and egg yolk and varnishing.  

Borchick has been creating Pysanky eggs with her family during religious holidays since she was a small child, but she says that she really started appreciating the art form in her adult life. It has brought her both joy and solace in hard times, as well as strengthened ties to her family’s history and culture. She also credits her family for encouraging her to submit her work to the Smithsonian in the first place. Borchick says that she was initially reluctant to submit her art, “there are a lot of artists that are far better than me.”

In addition to impressing the Smithsonian, Borchick’s work continues to inspire viewers across the country.  She is a nationally-renowned Pysanky egg artist and has travelled to many different places to share her work and continue to learn new techniques. These days, she spends much of her time teaching a new generation the art of Pysanky in venues, such as The Walk In Art Center, to do her part to preserve this great art form.