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.
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.