Ukrainian Easter Eggs from the exhibition "The Pysanka: A Symbol Of Hope," at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York.

Opinion: 'Mystical, beautiful' Easter Eggs bring the resilience of Ukraine to life

Updated 0107 GMT (0907 HKT) April 17, 2022

Stephanie Griffith is an opinion editor at Read more opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN)An American-born daughter of Ukrainian refugees, Sofika Zielyk has dedicated her life to keeping the heritage of her parents' homeland alive. The artist and ethnographer specializes in creating and curating pysanky -- traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs decorated in painstaking detail, each one a dazzling gem.

The art of creating pysanky goes back centuries: Patterns are applied with a stylus onto an egg with melted beeswax. The egg is repeatedly dipped in colored dye as the design becomes increasingly intricate. What emerges is a fragile, exquisite work of art.
Artist Sofika Zielyk
As Russian President Vladimir Putin presses forward with his violent campaign of bombarding Ukrainian towns and cities in a bid to dominate Ukraine's people and erase its culture, Zielyk and others in the Ukrainian diaspora are embracing pysanky as more than a springtime ritual of renewal. They say it is a symbol of U