Delicate beauties with soulful eyes and sensual lips. Their outfits are adorned with precious metals, gemstones, and rare found objects. As they look back at you, you can see all the things they wish they could say on their expressive faces. These are Marina Bychkova‘s anatomically correct ball jointed dolls. More than just beautiful objects, her elegantly sculpted and meticulously painted works of art are the reflections of her thoughts on numerous social issues and aspects of our humanity.

Marina Bychkova is a Russian-Canadian figurative artist who has been making dolls ever since she was a 6-year-old girl. Some of her earliest memories were of the beautiful dolls she wasn’t able to play with because they only existed inside of her mind. It took her thousand of tries; but, eventually, she was able to bring those dolls into reality. And, from then on, she has never stopped creating her next perfect doll.

During her years as an student at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (Vancouver, B.C, Canada), she was exposed to social, psychoanalytic, and feminist theories. Since then, she infuses her works with multiple layers of personal, social, and psychoanalytic interpretation.

This piece, for example, is a tribute to breast cancer fighters. It also is Marina’s attempt in working through her personal fear that one day she may be among the numerous women who suffer from this devastating disease.

And, this doll is Marina’s personal response to Synthia R. Daniels’ book: “At Women’s Expense: State Power and the Politics of Fetal Rights.”

Marina also uses revisionist fairy tales to explore various social and psychological issues.

Her Beauty and the Beast doll explores the issue of Stockholm Syndrome. Her Snow White and Prince Charming dolls delve into the Prince’s necrophilia. And, her Princess and the Pea doll explores the possibility that the Princess is actually suffering from a medical condition called hemophilia.

Nevertheless, the very first things most people notice upon viewing her works are her beautiful designs and astounding craftsmanship. Her formal training in jewelry-making definitely contributes in the creation of her dolls’ bejewelled sterling silver (gold-plated) outfits.

Unlike many ball jointed artists, Marina Bychkova chooses not to give her dolls glass eyes. Instead, she hand-paints each one of them.

Depending on the complexity of the doll’s costume, Marina’s dedicates 150 to 350 hours of her life to bring each of her dream dolls into reality. It’s a true labor of love, and it shows.









 

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  1. Life-Like, Teary-Eyed Dolls Tell Stories Of Fallen Humanity And Social Issues | 11ElevenDC

    […] May 29, 2014 · in Announcements Design · by TAXI Daily News · No Comments · Russian-Canadian figurative artist Marina Bychkova has turned her artwork into a luxury toy label of hand sculpted porcelain dolls named “Enchanted Doll”. Unlike regular toys, these ball-jointed dolls are made not for play but as a medium for the artist to translate her thoughts of fallen humanity and social issues. Each doll is accessorized with handmade jewelry, precious gemstones and rare found objects—although elegantly fashioned, their teary eyes tell a sad story. Tribute dolls are also made in honor to women who are suffering from breast cancer and her response to “the politics of fetal rights”. She also reinterprets famous fairy tales "exploring the issue of stockholm syndrome, necrophilia and hemophilia". Find more pictures of the artist's dolls here . [via Beautiful Bizarre] […]

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  2. Laís Ramos

    Dear Mrs. Marina Bychkova,
    Just to congratulate you for your beautiful work !!!
    To let you know that your work has inspired me to improve my own dolls (just humble artisan), 3 dolls so far which I am happy are not too bad,.. But far from your impacting dolls !
    Congratulations again &, my very best regards from Rio de Janeiro/Brazil !
    Laís

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