The concept of fine doll making is being reinvigorated and redefined by Siberian born artist Marina Bychkova. Her dolls have an almost brooding sexuality about them. Evocative of mystical fairy tales and exquisite in their fine detailing, these are definitely not the porcelain dolls of old.
In discussing her dolls, Marina says "There is a doll market in the US, but it’s very conventional. I’m hoping to contribute something new to it by keeping some of the iconographic elements of a doll, but taking it to another level somehow. I strive for my dolls to transcend the social and traditional concepts of a doll. I want to function not as a doll maker, but as a fine artist who is dealing with dolls as a medium for further dialogue not as the sole subject matter." (Source)
These porcelain dolls are clearly a labor of love. With precise detailing, (including anatomically correct nipples and other genitalia), and the demanding pursuit of perfection in her dolls, Marina takes about 500 hours to make one doll.
The artist explains the design of her dolls. She states that "in July 2005 I designed a more complex and sophisticated body which gives the dolls a beautiful, if a little idealized human anatomy and allows them to mimic a wide range of human movements with only a few limitations. This latest structure of the doll is a 15” tall, multi-jointed body which is composed of thirteen parts with ball joints held together with metal springs."
All of her work can be seen at EnchantedDoll.com. Additional insights into the artist and how she creates these dolls can be found in Pixel Surgeon's interview with Marina.
I lost my notes on how I discovered her but to the blogger who highlighted her work, thanks.