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Natasha Dikareva

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Between East and West, 2012 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes, Underglazes 10"x10"x9" © Natasha Dikareva
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Sunset Over Bay Bridge, 2011 Stoneware, Underglazes, Glazes 18"x17'x16" © natasha dikareva
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Memories of Big City, 2012 Porcelain, Underglazes, Stains, Glazes, Decals 10"x10"x9" © Natasha Dikareva
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Memories of Big City, 2011 Porcelain, Underglazes, Stains, Glazes, Decals 10"x10"x9" © Natasha Dikareva
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On the Way to Mount Fuji, 2010 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes 17"x18"x16,5" © Natasha Dikareva
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Shell Dweller, 2011 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes 18"x17"x16" © Natasha Dikareva
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How to Find Solitude, 2010 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes 21"x18"x17,5" © Natasha Dikareva
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How to Find Solitude, 2010 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes 21"x18"x17,5" © Natasha Dikareva
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There is No Other Shell Dweller in View Exept Us Two, 2010 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes 25"x22"x21,5" © Natasha Dikareva
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There is No Other Shell Dweller in View Exept Us Two, 2010 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes 25"x22"x21,5" © Natasha Dikareva
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Visceral Attraction, 2008 Coarse Clay, Stains, Glazes 48"x17"x17 © Natasha Dikareva
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Look What I Got, Doctor! roses, 2009 Coarse Clay, Stains, Glazes 27"x17"x16" © natasha dikareva
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Look What I Got, Doctor! bamboo, 2008 Coarse Clay, Stains, Glazes 34"x36"x23" © natasha dikareva
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Look What I Got, Doctor! bamboo, 2008 Coarse Clay, Stains, Glazes 34"x36"x23" © natasha dikareva
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Look What I got,Doctor! fish, 2008 Coarse Clay, Stains, Glazes 27"x17"x17" © natasha dikareva
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Look What I Got, Doctor! fungi, 2007 Coarse Clay, Stains, Glazes 27"x17"x16" © natasha dikareva
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Temple of Lost Connection Welded Steel, Coarse Clay, Engobes Various Dimentions, the Largest Column 10' Tall © natasha dikareva
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Crescent Reflection, 2007 Coarse Clay, Stains, Glazes 24"x17"x12" © natasha dikareva
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Have an Apple, 2009 Clay, Stains, Glazes, Wax 25"x12"x10" © natasha dikareva
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Looking for Her Heart, 2009 Clay, Stains, Glazes, Wax 23"x15"x11" © natasha dikareva
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Green Man, 2011 © Natasha Dikareva
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Pilgrimage to Unknown Stoneware, Stains, Glazes, Underglazes, Decals 21"x8"x15"
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My Mother Has a Twin, 2013 Ceramic © 2013
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Memories of Big City , 2012 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes, Decals
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Forrest Whispers Clay © Natasha Dikareva
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Sunset Over Bay Bridge Stoneware, Stains, Glazes
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Take Me Somewhere Safe, 2013 Stoneware, Satins, Glazes, China Paints 23"x21"x21" © Natasha Dikareva
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Window of Vulnerability, 2014 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes 12"x25"x14" © Natasha Dikareva
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Window of Vulnerability #2, 2013 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes, China Paints 13"x26"x12" © Natasha Dikareva
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Ready to Launch, 2012 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes, Underglazes
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Bubble Burst, 2014 Stoneware
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Pescatarian Stoneware, Stains, Glazes
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Postcard Cerami © 2015
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The Two , 2011 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes
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The Two Stoneware, Stains, Glazes
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Postcard, 2016 Ceramic
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Ready to Launch, 2014 Stoneware, Stains, Glazes, Underglazes
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Kiev, Ukraine
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Tags
narrative, symbolic mixed-media, installation, surrealism, figurative, sculpture
Statement

 

Lately, there seem to be more and more disasters in the world. From unprecedented flooding in Pakistan, to our own recent oil spill catastrophe, it appears that the speed of modern life does not give us time to consider and plan for critical situations. In this scope of knowledge of the Earth's power, we become little ants and flies, dying by the thousands in disasters, wars and conflicts.

The shell has always been a mystery for me; how does the mollusk form its house from such tiny particles into such a beautiful form? How has it stumbled upon such intricate architectural structures? The shell represents the enigma of all creatures - the urge to live. Despite our disasters, we continue to carry on our business, spend time with friends and family, enjoy the sunlight and the rain.

When I hear the latest news, my urge is to hide, to escape, to find a secure place, to find my shell. My sculptures, the shell dwellers, are beings conjured from an alternate universe where that urge can be immediately gratified; everyone carries their security around with them at all times. Melancholy knights, they never discard their armor. But more than that, they also carry around their stories for everyone to see. Others can look at their tattooed shells and understand why the shell dweller may be hiding at that moment. Their fresco-like shell surfaces hark back to the ruins of Pompeii. There we discovered a language of pictures that communicated to people from all walks of life and many parts of the world. Although I may want to hide at times, I am still optimistic that we can find common understanding among our stories.