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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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AirinArt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
chartreusinmourning Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, your work is fantastic.
0kamihime Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering what brand or type of transparent primer you use to make sure doll wigs never ever move. Currently trying to make a Teto doll wig and trying to make her drill curls defy gravity. Thank you for your help. :D
killing-you-is-fun Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hey Maria I was wondering from where are you??? You are not form Canada I think because your name is other Bulgarian or Russian? Ps I love your dolls. They are amazing!!!! 
shereynia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your dolls are really adorable, and i wanted to ask you for advice:
were do you get the hair for your doll?
and how do you make the wig for them?

i googled everywhere, but can't find anything usefull
VelvetPsychoKiller Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You dolls are so amazing... They're peculiar, not the usual ball jointed dolls! You have very original ideas and I love how you interpretate classic fables, fairytales and other themes! You're a wonderful artist, really...
wickerkat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Writer
I just sent you an email from my account about possibly using one of your photographs for a book cover. It pays. Let me know! Love your work.

zenlucentmoon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your passion and effort in Enchanted craft really does it awesome and paid off
dlambeaut Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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.
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