‘Down the Rabbit-Hole’ by Daria Aksenova
Artist: Daria Aksenova
Title: ‘Down the Rabbit-Hole’
Medium: Pen and ink on hand-cut suspended layered paper (shadowbox paper sculpture)
Dimensions: 6.1″ x 6.1″ x 1.5″
Framing: Framed in a hand gilded wooden frame (this work is professionally framed using archival materials including True Vue Museum Glass)
Year of Creation: 2020
About the Artwork:
“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
About the Artist:
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 which pulls in both the eye and mind, presenting a space and opportunity for the imagination to wander into a deep narrative that can only be experienced first hand.