Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Life is a tragedy when you see it close up, and comedy, when you look at it from afar. Charlie Chaplin

Life is a tragedy when you see it close up, and comedy, when you look at it from afar. Charlie Chaplin. Hyperrealistic dolls by Russian doll artist Natalia Zotova

Russian doll artist Natalia Zotova creates hyperrealistic emotional dolls. Her dolls – people with character, with their own story, their attractive magic. With a thirst for life, which is transmitted to their owners. “In dolls I do not like flashy “puppettry”. But try to put life into lifeless so that its soul would play in the eyes of your creations – this, in my opinion is a real miracle! I love artistic realism combined with severe emotional world of the character – it captures me completely, and very interesting to me!”

Charlie Chaplin closeup

Charlie Chaplin closeup

Once Einstein and Chaplin were welcomed by the enthusiastic Americans, and a great entertainer said to the great scientist: They applaud you for what they do not understand, and applaud me for what is understood by all.

Actress Faina Ranevskaya, from the film 'Vesna' ('Spring')

Actress Faina Ranevskaya, from the film ‘Vesna’ (‘Spring’)

A few thoughts about doll art. You can read books, visit the exhibitions and workshops, learn in puppet mastery school. But if you are not prepared internally to independent creativity, constant search, do not have enough vision and developed aesthetic sense, you will not be successful. Alas, the best thing you’ll be able to – copy someone’s not very difficult work. To create a doll with a character, you should have a character and nature of a self-sufficient person. You can fall in love with your character. But to look at the world through its eyes is much more difficult. So, before you start – look at yourself.

Actress Faina Ranevskaya, from the film 'Vesna' ('Spring')

Actress Faina Ranevskaya, from the film ‘Vesna’ (‘Spring’)

You must be willing to learn. Moreover, your willingness to be born not in a minute, you will feel the moment you are ready. The teacher appears when the disciple is ready for this (Chinese proverb).

Discovery

Discovery

“I think carefully about all the details: the pose of the doll, expression of its face, clothes, and accessories. All this happens in a few approximations, until finally begin to emerge the smallest details. For myself, I do not see any reason to carry the idea on paper in the form of a sketch of the future dolls, as often it is transformed in the process of creating a doll, so I just keep it in my head”.

Dulcamara - the character of the opera by Gaetano Donizetti 'Elixir of Love'

Dulcamara – the character of the opera by Gaetano Donizetti ‘Elixir of Love’. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

After an image of the doll is formed in the imagination – you can start. Masterpiece. And what is it? On the day when you decide that you have created a masterpiece, you die as a creator. Salvador Dali claimed that perfection is not attainable. And therefore, the best doll – is a doll not created yet.

Gulliver

Gulliver. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

During the birth of a new doll, a true master goes through several stages in his psychological state:
– During carrying on the ideas, the artist always feels a sense of love for the conceived image.
– In the process, this feeling is transformed, becoming a mixed feeling of satisfaction and frustration born of mistakes.
– Upon completion of the work – dissatisfaction, and, perhaps, a shame for the difference between intent and result. And always tired – if he does not, then he has not invested all his soul in the work.
– A short respite and a new plan replaces all the old feelings.

Hercule Poirot - Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot – Agatha Christie. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

You should form a sober, critical attitude to your work. To rely on the opinion of the majority of the audience is useless, and a good critic – a rare phenomenon. Art dolls, according to a large part of spectators, is a kind of needlework. And often, these audience praise not what really is a decent job, but the fact that the level of performance, at best, only a craft work. A true masterpiece will be never left unattended by numerous critics. And most importantly, true masterpieces created by artists who do not need to be criticized, as they themselves are most stringent critics of their work. In the minds of the true creator lives Stanislavsky, sometimes shouting – “I do not believe!”

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Nasreddin Hodja closeup

Nasreddin Hodja closeup

Nasreddin Hodja

Nasreddin Hodja. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Pilgrims

Pilgrims. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Princess Melisenta - the character of the film 'June 31' closeup

Princess Melisenta – the character of the film ‘June 31’ closeup

Princess Melisenta - the character of the film 'June 31'

Princess Melisenta – the character of the film ‘June 31’. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Russian actors Nikulin, Morgunov, Vitsyn in the comedy film 'Caucasian captive'

Russian actors Nikulin, Morgunov, Vitsyn in the comedy film ‘Caucasian captive’. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Samurai

Samurai. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Teacher

Teacher. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Texan cowboy

Texan cowboy. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

The Lunar minstrel

The Lunar minstrel. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

The Scottish

The Scottish. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

Wishmaster Hottabych

Wishmaster Hottabych. Doll artist Natalia Zotova

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