Enchanted Doll – Expressions of Beauty
A while back I discussed the Enchanted Doll line, Lotus in particular. A creation of artist Marina Bychkova, Lotus is the symbol of the beauty found in feet binding. Aside from the stunning craftsmanship, detail and aesthetic beauty of these dolls, Lotus was a reminder to me of my great grandmother who was the last generation to have her feet bound. She had very small feet (under 4″) and “walked like she was dancing” so I’ve been told. She lived well over 100 years, met my father, had 4 personal servants to assist her throughout her life, and was revered for the lotus flower shape of her tiny feet.
While I don’t think anyone would wish this on their child today, I have always been fascinated that this practice touched someone in my family. Much like removing a rib to achieve a tiny waistline might intrigue someone from Western culture, it is incredible to think of what people, women in particular, go through in the name of beauty.
Russian born and Canadian based Bychkova can spend several hundred hours creating one doll. Each doll is fashioned as a visual narrative, and a story is told through details such as Indian mehndi, necrophilia (Sleeping Beauty), even Frankenstein’s Bride.
Bychkova also uses the ethereal dolls as a way to express an alternative side to fairy tales.
“What interests me most about fairy tales is the implicit and often explicit violence that lies just beneath the surface of the magic.”
Bychkova will reveal new pieces along with many that are on loan from private collections. Please take time to treat yourself to this unique collection that we are fortunate enough to have in Wisconsin.
A limited number of dolls will be available for purchase through arrangements with the artist.
April 8 – June 7, 2009
***Photographs are allowed in the Villa Terrace Museum. Feel free to bring your camera.***
Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
With Artist’s Talk with Marina Bychkova
2220 N. Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202