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SELECTED WORKS BY Daria Krotova

Psychological Barrier

Psychological Barrier

Psychological Barrier

Psychological Barrier

Daria Krotova
Psychological Barrier

2011

Paper, wood, metal

200 x 250 x 56 cm
Daria Krotova’s works use purposefully fragile media, such as thin sheets of paper or soft clay, to explore the delicate, material, ‘living’ nature of art. She makes objects, drawings and installations that become worn down during the very process of their making, and that invite their audience’s erosive touch. Her work’s symbolic on-going damage questions the notion of art, and of the art establishment, as permanent.
Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

Daria Krotova
Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken)

2011

Watercolour, paper, wooden frames

9 works, each: 40 x 30 cm
Krotova’s work focuses on the representation of real, living shapes – heads, faces and hearts – isolated from their usual physical contexts. Her visual language raises our consciousness of the representation of life, even of imaginary creatures, within the art historical tradition. Her installations are sometimes composed of thin, papier-mache-like sculptures; other times of porcelain, another material that could be easily shattered. For some projects she has created sites with ‘archeological’ objects – not pottery shards but bones and teeth and horns made out of ceramics as a way of underscoring the fragility and fetishisation of historical remains.
Untitled #1
Daria Krotova
Untitled #1

2012

Watercolour on paper

55 x 40 x 24 cm
Untitled #2
Daria Krotova
Untitled #2

2012

Watercolour on paper

45 x 25 x 18 cm
Untitled #3
Daria Krotova
Untitled #3

2012

Watercolour on paper

55 x 40 x 18 cm
Heart, Organ Of Love (Sometimes My Heart Turns Into A Chicken) is a series of layered and pinned together watercolours depicting human hearts, rendered particularly tangible and evanescent by the depth of texture and colour of Krotova’s wet on wet, torn crepe paper pasting. “I like working with materials, which are perishable, which often break and fade during the process of work,” Krotova explains, “even before it’s finished, like ceramics, or paper, because for me they convey the ‘living’ quality to the object to be made in the best way.” But she does not forego the possibility of working with more solid materials, say marble. “Fragile and perishable can be written in any heavy block.”

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Daria Krotova's BIOGRAPHY

Daria Krotova
Born in 1971, Moscow
Lives and works in France and Moscow



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Witnesses, Iragui Gallery, Moscow
Shelter, V Glaz Gallery, Moscow

2010
Heritage, Roots Contemporary, Brussels
Bugs and Flowers, Together with Georgy Litichevsky, Garage Gallery, Nikolina Gora, Moscow Region

2009
Colours of Israel, with Arina Morgan, Jewish Cultural Centre, Moscow


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London

2011
Russian Landscape, Guelman Gallery,Moscow
Russian Cosmizm, Art, Moscow
Races, Arthouse Squat, Special Project of Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow
House of Artist/ South Butovo, Special project of Moscow Biennale of Contemporaray Art, Moscow
We Build Cities, Art People Gallery, Special Project of Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

2010
Art Moscow Fair, Krokin Gallery, Central House of Artists, Moscow
Monochrom, A3 Gallery, Moscow

2009
Fast Art 3, Art Moscow Fair, Central House of Artists, Moscow
Art Moscow Fair, GAllery Ravenscourt, Moscow
Tractor Drivers, Krokin Gallery, Moscow
Simple Things, Triumph Gallery, Moscow

2008
Invasion: Evasion, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow
Fast Art 2, WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporaray Art, Moscow

2007
Joyful Morgue, Art Moscow Fair, Central House of Artist, Moscow
Soyunzniki, Residence of the EU, Moscow