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Enchanted Dolls : Innovative Art

siren 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. enchanteddoll_dolls3 enchanteddoll_big.jpg1147687276 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." Snow Maiden snow-prince

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.

Comments
Jun 12, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Are those

exotic Barbies with Bare Breasts?

I don't play with dolls, so I don't know if they are cool or not, but it does look like they are awful tired--maybe just tired of looking so plastic.

Jun 12, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Where's the Meat?

The creator really did make the dolls too thin. The doll in the last picture looks anorexic--she is all bones.

Those are some "sick" dolls. They are also too weak to carry all that junk on their heads.

Where's the meat?

Jun 20, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

FGM Dolls?

These are dolls that have recently undergone the female circumcision process, also known as "Female Genital Mutilation" or FGM. The procedure is "defended" as a religious practice, but it is really male dominance and control over even inanimate dolls. The dolls will never be able to experience any sexual pleasure and have been rendered infertile.

As you can see in the second picture above, some of the dolls have beheaded themselves to make a point: the bodies they leave behind now won't even think about having sex without their clits.

Jun 20, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Based on the last picture,

they are gay dolls.

The red-headed doll on the right side looks like Chucky's Glen or Glenda.

Sick

Jun 21, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Dolls

These are poor salon call dolls, also known as "Dicksy Chicks". They are very tired because they were moonlighting at a brothel and now have to go to their day jobs at a sweat shop.

In the center are the call dolls who will only give head to their customers.

In the last picture, the doll on the left just told the other doll that she thought she felt a hard lump in her breast. After examining her friend, the doll on the right concluded that the lump is only an imperfection in her porcelain implant. They are having some difficulty understanding each other since they only speak easy.

Jul 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow

I like how this site allows you to comment as an anonymous person, that way you can dig into someone else's work without offering up anything of your own to be judged.

It makes me feel better to put others down, especially if they are more talented and successful than me.

Jul 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Hey ANONYMOUS "Wow":

I think you would need to positively identify yourself if you want to make your point!!!!!!!!

Oh, and it would be "...more talented and successful than I".

Jul 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Anonymous "WOW"s Comment

Aren't you assuming that these comments wouldn't be the same if people had to identify themselves? Regardless of the commentors' names, the consensus seems to be that the dolls are sick-looking, too thin, too tired-looking, and apparently unhappy and/or in pain.

Personally, I think the creator IS talented, but that the talent has been wasted or misdirected on sorry-looking dolls. Take the criticism and use it--make some improvements on the dolls so that they will be more appealing.

For the record, my name is: Michele!

Jul 7, 2006
by Dr. Jeckyll (not verified)

Diagnosis:

The dolls look tired because they are probably anemic from lack of red blood cells.

Perhaps if they would hang out with a Therapy Buddy for a while they would boost their spirits and no longer be depressed.

Jul 7, 2006
by Mr. Hyde (not verified)

Second Opinion

I don't know about that diagnosis! I'd get a second opinion before having a transfusion or paying $200 for a 50-minute psychotherapy session with a blue doll.

Maybe they are blow-up dolls and would look and feel better if they got a little air.

Jul 7, 2006
by Frank N. Stein (not verified)

Hey! Back Off!

If you know what's good for you, you'll quit picking on helpless dolls.

Trust me--I know: Give them time and they'll come alive.

F-f-r-r-r-iend! F-f-r-r-r-iend!

Jul 7, 2006
by Farmer in the Dell (not verified)

Tainted, Not Painted, Dolls

They look like a bad batch of Cabbage Patch dolls who never got adopted so grew up to be cold slawbs. As you can see, some of them suffered from "failure to thrive" syndrome and stayed cabbage heads. Even though they never got picked, they still wilted.

As adults, the dolls obviously are too old to be adopted, so they'll have to be auctioned off for the slave trade. They can't become prostitutes because they aren't able to spit or swallow.

Jul 8, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Sorry-looking dolls?

Don't you mean sari-looking?