Good news for 28-year old artist Elena Sawczenko who is commencing a degree in Fine Art at CIT Crawford in Cork. Elena, originally from Poland, is profoundly deaf and uses sign language to communicate but this has not stopped this talented young lady pursue her dreams. Just recently she completed studies at St. John’s College, Cork in Fine Art and when she finishes her studies, Elena would like to use her considerable skills and experiences to contribute to the deaf community as a teacher.
Just recently Elena exhibited her second exhibition at the French Quarter Café in the Excel and to coincide with the official opening of the South Tipperary Therapy Services building at Community Care in Clonmel last year, Elena voluntarily created a beautiful scenic art piece at the main reception area and also, on a voluntary basis, she has been involved with the H.S.E.’s Tipperary Town Gold Star Project for the past few years. “Through the Gold Star project, I hope to empower other deaf people to find ways to express their own emotions throughout the purity of colour and shape,” said Elena.