Tattooed Dolls is one of the series from the Enchanted Doll collection by Marina Bychkova, a Russian-Canadian figurative artist and a founder of Enchanted Doll™– a luxury toy label of exquisite, porcelain dolls.
More than mere playthings, Enchanted Dolls are elegantly sculpted and articulated works of art. Strikingly nude, engraved or adorned in opulent sculptural costumes of precious metals, gemstones, and rare found objects, each doll intricately conveys an aspect of our humanity. Unique and delicate, their forms evoke a strong emotional response, haunting us with their vulnerability. All at once innocent and sexual, Enchanted Dolls depict highly stylized images of femininity, while at the same time reflecting on life’s playful naiveté.
“The reason I love making dolls is because it’s such a multidisciplinary art form. I’m not content working in just one medium such as painting or sculpture, and dolls offer me a very diverse and satisfying tactile experience. To create a doll I get to do it all: sculpture, industrial design, painting, engraving, mold-making, drawing, metalwork, fashion and jewelry design. I want it all, or nothing!” – Marina Bychkova
The tattoos on the Tattooed Dolls are engraved in the porcelain with a needle while still raw, fired and then china paint is rubbed into the grooves. Accents are added in additional layers. (Pictures taken from InDoor Magazine, 02-03 2011 by Rex Dieter)