Dark Silence In Suburbia

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Marina Bychkova

Costumed Dolls

Princess and the Pea, 2011.

Princess and the Pea, 2011.

Weight of Light, 2011.

Stepmother, 2011.

Surviving, 2011.

Surviving, 2011.

A porcelain tribute to breast cancer fighters and the choices they face.
In the growing awareness of Breast Cancer, a disease which appears to be the inevitable side-effect of womanhood (though males can also develop it, but a lot less frequently), this doll was my attempt at working through my own personal fear of it, and facing up to the possibility that one day I could be amongst hundreds of thousands of women who develop it. I can only hope to be brave, like so many other women.

Beauty and the Beast, or the Stockholm Syndrome in Fairy Tales, 2010.

Beauty and the Beat, or the Stockholm Syndrome in Fairy Tales, 2010.

The Silk Road, 2010.

Stages of Grief, 2010.

Captain Nemo's Daughter, 2010

State Property, 2009.

Lavanya, 2009.

Cinderella, 2009.

Bride of Frakenstein, 2008.

Costumed Butterfly,.

Porcelain Nudes

Firebird, 2010.




Doll Compositions

Marina Bychkova is a Russian-Canadian figurative artist and a founder of Enchanted Doll™- a luxury toy label of exquisite, porcelain dolls.
More than mere playthings, Enchanted Dolls are elegantly sculpted and articulated works of art. Strikingly nude, engraved or adorned in opulent sculptural costumes of precious metals, gemstones, and rare found objects, each doll intricately conveys an aspect of our humanity. Unique and delicate, their forms evoke a strong emotional response, haunting us with their vulnerability. All at once innocent and sexual, Enchanted Dolls depict highly stylized images of femininity, while at the same time reflecting on life’s playful naiveté.
“The reason I love making dolls is because it’s such a multidisciplinary art form. I’m not content working in just one medium such as painting or sculpture, and dolls offer me a very diverse and satisfying tactile experience. To create a doll I get to do it all: sculpture, industrial design, painting, engraving, mold-making, drawing, metalwork, fashion and jewelry design. I want it all, or nothing!”
- Marina Bychkova


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