Many of us have fond childhood memories of dyeing Easter eggs, but for artist Halyna Mudryj, it is a serious art. Making Pysanky, Ukrainian dyed eggs, is something that has been passed down in her family for generations.
According to Mudryj, eggs were originally decorated as gifts to the gods over a thousand years ago. Traditionally they were presented whole, as a “symbol of life,” in the spring, but modern practices have involved removing the yolk and white. Mudryj learned the art from her mother, whom she calls her “greatest teacher.”
Mudryj’s designs have regional roots in western Ukraine, but her eggs range from traditional to avant-garde. She takes pleasure in knowing that each egg is “something new” and unique. Mudryj lives, works, and teaches in Baltimore.