Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Matryoshka Art

Matryoshkas, or nesting dolls, were created as a toy in 1890. Since their debut, they have been adapted to all sorts of themes- political, personal, etc. Interest has been renewed in the matryoshka recently, and you can find tons of artwork, home items, or even stationary with the little dolls on them. Today, we're going to focus on a few artists who work with the dolls:

Lee Kyo Im has been impacted by the globalization of different cultures, which can be reflected in her artwork which plays on the dichotomy of Russian and Korean cultures.




Greenmeme created a public art installation in an area of LA with a high Russian population:



I found this amazing analogy for the "conceptual-perceptual layers of ego-illusion" from the Spiralled Light of Kali Yuga. It doesn't have an attributed "artist", but the concept is really deep. Some of you might know this analogy as "peeling the layers", like an onion...

And speaking of peeling back the layers, Jason Levesque created these anatomical nesting dolls...


via CuriousMoth on Deviantart:


Conceptual artist Barbara Papadopoulou began a project called Matryoshka, which featured photographs of pregnant women.


I LOVE this matryoshka interpretation by Mastowka, even if it is a sexed up version of Doctor Zhivago-ian Russian stereotype:


Bronwnen Gray also created a matryoshka public art installation, but this one was in Australia:


Brazilian illustrator Guilherme Marconi created this trippy matryoshka art:


& lastly are these stereotypically reinforcing sexist matryoshka dolls by Benben on Etsy:



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