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by Daria Aksenova

Mother Hulda gazed down upon spring’s bounty:

“But light as any wind that blows So fleetly did she stir, The flower, she touch’d on, dipt and rose, And turned to look at her. ” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Talking Oak



Pen & Ink on hand-cut, suspended, and layered paper.

(Shadowbox Paper Sculpture) 

3.125” x 3.125” x 1.25” (Framed to 5” x 5” X 3.75”)

7.9 x 7.9 x 3.175 cm (Framed to 12.7 x 12.7 x 9.5 cm)

This work is created and framed using archival materials including True Vue Museum Glass. 

Product Width: 5 inches
Product Height: 5 Inches
Product Surface / Material: Arches Watercolour Paper
Framing: This work is framed using archival materials including True Vue Museum Glass.

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Daria Aksenova is best known for her pen and ink, suspended, cut paper narrative shadowboxes. The current focus of her work is the creation of cinematographic storytelling through constructed dynamism - arising from layering and complexity of composition - within a static media, inspired by her past experience with the fashion and film industries.

Daria Aksenova uses ink as it is an unforgiving medium that precludes editing and demands precision. Individual elements are then hand-cut with a scalpel and suspended against each other until the desired depth is achieved. Her technique demands a steady hand and unfailing commitment, often requiring over a hundred hours of dedication and intimacy with each piece.

The Subject matter choice is driven by her interest in symbolism, often reflecting conflict inherent to the human condition, as echoed through mythology and folklore. The balance of playful storytelling coupled with deeper-seated significance provides unique yet relatable work. Her pieces evoke a dreamscape-like narrative that pulls in both the eye and mind, presenting space and opportunity for the imagination to wander into a deep narrative that can only be experienced first hand.