Calligrapher, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Honoured Man of Art of Ukraine, Professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Kyiv)
A word can; bless, encourage, explain, hurt and even kill, even though it sounds for a moment and, as a sound in emptiness, dies. But if a word is imprinted in a human memory, it lives there whilst the human being lives. A word can shift from one memory into another and continue to live there, but in this way it is normally overgrown with new meanings and senses.
A word shown as a line on a solid medium can be stored for a very long time, depending on the durability of the media itself.
Calligraphy is the means that can display a word in the most precise way. By the flourish of calligraphic image, the word can be seen and even heard against in the way it was pronounced: as a nightingale’s twitter, as thunder illuminated with the flourish of the lightning, as roaring of a terrible lion, as whisper from a child’s innocent mouth …
And there is nothing else that can express a word precisely and with imagery. The word of “storm”, “rain”, “sun” etc. can be seen at a glance.
Everybody has already agreed that a font (calligraphy) is a means of depicting speech. Blessed is the speech that has its font; its masters illustrating this speech by naked nerve terminations. A language that does not master these means is like a dialect. Obviously these thoughts were inspired Methodius and Cyril to invent, on the basis of the Greek and Latin alphabet and proto-Cyrillic signs, which comprises all the best from the two previous alphabets and became richer than its predecessors in terms of functionality. But by being canonized, it fixated.
Only the calligraphers who are Cyrillic fans are able to give a new, fresh blood to this elite art by joint efforts.
I enjoy reading thoughts of calligraphy on your website – there are people from whom to learn and whom to follow cue. I feel pity for people devoid of the desire to enrich their feelings and mind with untold wealth brought by font art.
As practice suggests, even a layman is often able to understand the beauty of calligraphy, just many of us are deprived of this culture from the childhood. Hopefully, this project, thanks to the sincere desire and efforts of members of the Steering Committee, would inspire many people to become calligraphy fans. I sincerely wish to this project to “burn human hearts…”.