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marina bychkova: doll sculpture

Marina Bychkova’s porcelain, ball jointed dolls are more than just dolls. They are sculptures, statements, haunting reminders that beauty takes on many different forms.

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carved sterling silver corset, shoes and hair ornaments,
Indian Sari skirt, natural silk fiber hair

Captain Nemo’s Daughter

The Vancouver artist was born in Russia and moved with her parents to Canada when she was 14 years old. She has been making dolls since the age of 6, passionate about creating dolls that bear no resemblance to the vanilla-bland mass produced dolls on the market.

24k gold plated corset and bra, 24k plated bronze stilletos,
stockings and fan embroidered with applique designs,
pearls, Ruby and 24k gold plated beads

Her skills are impressive: sewing, beading, porcelain, silversmithing, painting, metal, construction – she also makes all of the doll accessories. Take your time on Bychkova’s website and discover a treasure trove of information about dolls, the process – which includes models and molds made from Super Sculpey – and a great tip for making the articulated joints pose perfectly.

For the Costumed collection, the artist makes each gown, a time consuming practice, considering that one takes between 150-350 hours to complete. She embroiders beads and gemstones into the gowns, making every costume a true masterpiece. In the Tattooed collection the porcelain is engraved with a needle while still raw and then china paint is rubbed into the grooves after the doll is fired, creating magnificent ‘tattoos’.

Anna Karenina Survives the Train

“I’m interested in juxtaposing binary opposites within my dolls: beauty and ugliness, love and violence, eroticism and repulsion.  Giving dolls attributes that are not traditionally associated with dolls, gives them an existence beyond the realm of toys to which they have been confined for centuries.”

Bychkova’s dolls range in price from $6,000 – $33,000.

Read an interview with the artist on Pop Culture of Destruction

Her Deviant Art page

More images on Flickr


vladimir gvozdev captures the essence of child’s play

It’s raining here in the Hudson Valley.  Again.  Another dark, wet, morning in this, the soggiest of summers.  A good time to let Vladimir Gvozdev’s quirky characters transport me to another time, another place, another summer.



This Russian artist’s dolls and wooden toys capture the essence of a long-ago childhood – do you remember the thrill of a cat’s cradle, playing telephone, getting tangled up in a hula hoop and swinging on a backyard swing? I do.



Youthful figures armed with paper airplanes, kites, doll carriages and scooters, readying themselves for another day of play – the real work of childhood.


As I scrolled through the images of finely detailed sculptures with almost-melancholy faces, I recalled sweet moments from my own childhood and dreams of riding high atop an elephant’s back.


It’s still raining outside.  I think I’ll linger a little bit longer in Vladimir Gvozdev’s world. Hope you remember to play today…no matter what your age.


Links to his most recent works are here and here (scroll sideways in this gallery and put your cursor over the images to see different angles of the toys). Gvozdev’s earlier work is equally compelling and thought provoking – don’t miss this gallery.

We have Lorrene Davis to thank for linking us to this morning’s trip down memory lane!

kyoko okubo: new work

When I wrote about Kyoko Okubo’s diminutive paper menagerie in July, 2007 I marveled at her vivid imagination and wondered out loud why my super-sleuth skills could not uncover more about the Tokyo based artist.

Thanks to a comment on my original post by Scott Rothstein, a friend of Okubo’s, we know a little more about this quiet soul, whose new works were recently on exhibit at the Mobilia Gallery.


Bag, 8″ x 10.5″ x 4″



Okubo, who has had no formal art training, creates each piece by forming washi paper over wire frames.  She has been making the narrative paper sculptures for more than ten years.  Almost always female figures and animals, they are self-portraits that represent her deeply rooted feelings for nature.


Bicycle, 5″ x  3.5″  x  2″


Describing his friend’s work Rothstein says, “Her paper sculptures are like a dream diary, suggesting stories that are not quite of this world. Interpreting her emotions, Kyoko Okubo has shaped an unorthodox collection of intuitive sculptures that are profoundly personal and visually intriguing.” Intriguing…yes.

More images on Art Found Out
Older works at Mobilia

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