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Marina Bychkova
Current Residence: Vancouver
From Strychnin's site regarding my upcoming show (June 11th):

Wondrous dolls and creatures by Marina Bychkova. Also: Wendy Froud (UK) and Virginie Ropars (F) in The Vault + special guest Sasha Petrova.

Fragility unites three international luminaries of doll-creating art in one show. About 20 fragile figures pull the viewer out of the common two-dimensional frame and into three-dimensional space. First and foremost, however, these works impress by their sensitivity, their extraordinarity and their meticulous attention to detail. Opens June 11th at 7 pm.

The porcelain dolls by Canadian artist Marina Bychkova are a provocation. They cross the boundaries of what defines a sculpture and constantly refuse to be seen as mere dolls. With 18 moveable ball-joints, the pale and vunerable looking dolls invite to be moved and posed but their often unadorned nudeness may keep some viewers from handling Bychkova’s creatures too freely. The cumbersome weight and rigidity of metal garments of the figures shown in this exhibition accentuate the delicate beauty of these porcelain dolls, acting both as a protective shell and an oppressive, restraining contraption for their little bodies.

Wendy Froud was born in Detroit, Michigan. She is most famous as a sculpture and puppet fabricator for Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show, and the feature films like The Dark Crystal (sculpting and fabricating the main charaters Jen and Kira), Labyrinth (sculpting the goblins) and The Empire Strikes Back (as a sculptor and fabricator of Yoda). Wendy Froud's dolls ands figures are highly sought after and can be found in many prestigious collections around the world.

Virginie Ropars was born in Brittany (France). She still lives and works in the same place, surrounded by nature and the legends and superstitions that have fed her mind since she was a child. After a Master’s degree in graphic art, she worked as a 2D/3D graphic artist for computer games and the TV cartoon industry.

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zenlucentmoon Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your passion and effort in Enchanted craft really does it awesome and paid off
dlambeaut Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been taking a look to your gallery and webpage, and, honestly, gotta say I'm deeply impressed. It's difficult to find words.
I'm amazed by your mastery, not of one but of all the skills involved in your work: Handcrafting, painting, photography... ?ve never been very fond of dolls, but yours seem to be more alive than many people I know. The delicacy (and even sensuality!) they give off can not leave indifferent anyone with a hint of sensitivity.
Usually I do not extend so much on reviews, but this time I had to.
I've faved just a sample of your work cause I can't fave all of it.
Thank you for sharing.
MaryamDN May 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Hi Marina! your dolls are beautiful beyond words. i wish you lived closer to Toronto! it's so hard to find BJD artists or hobbyists here.
JessicaLicari May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful gallery!
CINderELLA7186 Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hello! I am in awe of your talent! Your dolls are beyond gorgeous. They are all so beautiful and different...true works of art. Thanks for sharing with us!
wow. Simply stunning and beautiful art.
Casame Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, I just wanted to say, your dolls are gorgeous! so detailed... it makes them lifelike in a very scary and intriguing way. just... just keep on making them. they're stunning o.o
God!You do great! ! ! !And so many!Is how you do it! ?
I am ashamed to see their work
darksteampunk Mar 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Marina, your dolls are so beautiful! They take my breath away! You are such an inspiration to me, even though I'm just getting started in the BJD world. I have to know, where do you get your exquisite wigs?
KathrynWilkins Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've always really loved your dolls. <3
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