Russian-born artist Marina Bychkova creates delicate porcelain dolls as visual narrative. These figurines are meant to tell stories, haunted fairy tales if you will, or perhaps inspire observers to imagine their own scenarios.
The stunning and highly original Bride of Frankenstein doll has pale blond hair and a Steampunk headpiece that powers her brain. She wears a wedding gown, after Erté,
that reveals the cruel scars where her heart was put in.
Bychkova builds every doll from scratch, designing, sculpting and casting the body parts, firing and finishing each piece.
The dolls, 34 cm high (13.5 inches), are meticulously assembled using spring-loaded ball and socket joints that allow for intricate posing. Painting and hair complete the figure, sometimes further embellished with jewelry and elaborate costumes. The entire process is explained in detail, with images, here.
Marina Bychkova’s website, Enchanted Doll, is packed with information, a blog, and an extensive gallery of her astounding work.