Date of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies
Art and Design
bilingual, childern, Ukraine, books, literature
In my fourth semester of graduate school, I wrote and illustrated my first, full, bilingual, 32-page children’s picture book – What do you like/ Що тобі подобається? I have since continued to explore and pursue the social aspects and influences of nationalistic conflict among the population of war-torn Ukraine. These books express my hope and confidence in a new generation, especially in the immigrant community. The cultural exposure from my youth, yielding autobiographic experiences, as well as observations of a new culture, are prominent in my work. The bilingual aspect of my books is central to my work in general – Ukrainian points to the audience I portray, and English, an international language, reflects the audience I aim to reach.
© Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic
Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic, Maria, "My Books: Creating Bilingual Worlds for Children" (2017). MSU Graduate Theses. 3193.