Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

"Surviving" by Marina Bychkova

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2011

Surviving by Marina Bychkova, 2011 - click to enlarge

Perfection bores me like nothing else and I will be honest that in the recent past, Marina's (previously featured here and here) dolls have simply been too "perfect" for my taste to really excite me which is why I'm particularly pleased to see her return to this blog with her newest doll, the St Agathaesque Surviving, a porcelain tribute to breast cancer fighters.

You can see the finished doll here (there might be some more tattooing at some stage) and details/progress pictures here.

WurzelArt Gazette March 2010 - Grab A Sammich

by Suzanne on March 12th, 2010

Work in progress by Joao Ruas, 2010

Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes and please pardon the radio silence. Our Angelique Houtkamp show was insanely busy and Angelique is now back home in Amsterdam and I can't tell you how relieved I am that she didn't get squeezed to death. Even our glass domes and the baby skulls are still intact - which clearly defies logic if you've seen the crowds at the opening reception. Some originals and the baby skulls are still for sale, so keep your eyes glued to Nelly Duff - I will upload details soonish.

Anyhow, it's March; which means the spring awakening of the beaux arts. Lots and lots and lots to report about. But since I have absolutely no idea where to start, I decided to give you some sneak previews of what my favourite WurzelArtists® have been up to recently.

This is only a small selection, but as you can see, people have been as busy as bees on coke and 2010 is going to be an amazing year for the visual arts, methinks.


Fables cover #94 by Joao Ruas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Joao has been up to A LOT and it's always fascinating to see all the diverse things he's directing his talents to besides his work for Fables.


Skin Deep by Jeremy Enecio, watercolour and acrylic on paper, 2010 - click to enlarge

The maître of tentacles and albino amazons has recently impressingly widened his repertoire to zombies for Zombies in Love at Gallery Nucleus.

Jeremy Enecio’s contribution to 100 Heads for Haiti, 2010 - click to enlarge

Oh, and he's just finishing the piece above for the 100 Heads for Haiti fundraiser. Nice.


Bruise and a study by Adara Sánchez Anguiano, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge

For those who hadn't noticed: Egon Schiele has been reincarnated in the shell of Adara Sánchez Anguiano and given a box of happy coloured crayons.


Further (in progress) by Eric Fortune, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Eric keeps on bringing the chiaroscuro to his futuristic faces. Further will be on show at CoproGallery from this weekend onwards.


The Raft by Tiffany Bozic, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge

Tiffany's Raft print is finally available through Joshua Liner Gallery.


Dive (detail) by James Jean, 2010 - click to enlarge

James Jean's Dive has been given the posh Pressure Printing treatment.


Pull the Blinds by Christopher Conn Askew - click to enlarge

If, however, you're on a much smaller budget, get your hands on one of Chris Conn Askew's gorgeous new open edition prints.


Poupées by Miss Van - click to enlarge

Meanwhile, does it seem like someone's slowly running out of ideas?! Miss Van releases an overpriced giclee of her 5-year-old Poupées. Hmm...


Cixi (in progress) by Marina Bychkova, 2010 - click to enlarge

Marina, au contraire, has been tirelessly working her poor little paws off on one of her newest creations, Cixi. Here seen in progress.


Véruka Vampirica (Blythe custom) by Julien Martinez, 2010 - click to enlarge

In other doll news, Julien Martinez has spookified yet another unsuspecting Blythe doll. Say hello to Véruka Vampirica.


Wither by Isabelle Royet-Journoud, 2010 - click to enlarge

... and finally, Mme Isabelle Royet-Journoud looks a bit like a customised undead Blythe doll herself in this masterpiece of a self-portrait.

While here at Wurzeltod HQ, I've been mainly standing annoyingly in front of yet even more great art...



by suzanne_tumblr on March 12th, 2010

Cixi (in progress) by Marina Bychkova, 2010

by suzanne_tumblr on January 6th, 2010

“How I made the Rococo wig” on Marina’s Enchanted Doll blog.

by suzanne_tumblr on September 23rd, 2009

Prosthetics for Dolls by Marina Bychkova, 2009

by suzanne_tumblr on September 18th, 2009

Portrait shot of Marina Bychkova’s new Lolita doll.

Enchanted Doll at Villa Terrace, Milwaukee

by Suzanne on April 11th, 2009

Lavanya (detail) by Marina Bychkova

I don't think we ever had an exhibition announcement for a show in a proper villa, so here we go:

Doll artist extraordinaire Marina Bychkova (previously featured here and here) currently has a few of her stunning dolls on display at Villa Terrace in Milwaukee in a show entitled Enchanted Doll.

There's no preview online yet, but thankfully, Marina posted a few teaser images. Coincidentally, her Shape Shifter below features headgear rather similar to what I've been wearing recently. Sweeeeeeeet!

Shape Shifter (detail) by Marina Bychkova

On show: April 8 - June 7, 2009

Address: Villa Terrace - Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA, tel: (414) 271-3656 | Maps & Directions

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 1 - 5 PM

Entrance fee: $5 adults | $3 seniors/students

Artist's website



I lost loads of emails in the time from April 1st - 8th due to a problem with my WurzelServer®. If you sent me something during that time that needs an urgent response, please send it again.


The annual Easter Link Galore will probably be posted a day after Easter, as I've been way too busy and need to prepare for my journey to Helvetia.

Apologies for any inconveniences.

Daniël van Nes, Marina Bychkova, Cliff Wallace & Virginie Ropars at Strychnin Berlin

by Suzanne on December 12th, 2008

Sapphire by Marina Bychkova, porcelain, ball-jointed,13.5” - click for details/larger view

Daniël van Nes' Fallen Angels show opens at Strychnin Berlin tonight, and I must confess that I'm actually even fonder of the works of the three special guests the gallery has invited:

Marina Bychkova (see image above, previously featured here), Cliff Wallace (see image below) & Virginie Ropars will all exhibit their doll/creature effects/sculpture works alongside Daniël's oeuvre and I really, really wish I could beam myself to Berlin-Mitte to see this exhibition, particularly because Daniël announced on his blog that:

"This will be a show that's in a completely dark gallery... the confessional, the large tryptich and other new work will be present."

I have no idea whether that's a slight exaggeration or whether people will have to bring torches or just stumble through a "completely dark gallery" in the faint hope to smash the least expensive sculpture to pieces, but I admit that it does sound conceptually interesting to say the least. Further details below.

The Burden of Knowledge by Cliff Wallace - click for details/larger view

Opening reception: Tonight, Friday, December 12, 2008, 7 PM onwards

On show: December 12, 2008 - February 1, 2009

Address: Strychnin Gallery Berlin, Boxhagenerstrasse 36, D-10245 Berlin, Germany, tel: +49 30 9700 2035

Artists' websites: Daniël van Nes | Marina Bychkova | Cliff Wallace | Virginie Ropars


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Notes From the Haunted Doll's House N° IV: The Thorny Way to Heaven

by Suzanne on July 27th, 2006

© Koitsukihime - via our beloved Trevor Brown - click to enlarge

Beloved reader,

You might have already noticed that I'm back from my voyage to Cambridge and London.

During my time in England, I

i) got invited to chase the ghost of the most haunted house in London (50 Berkeley Square - pictures will follow),

ii) got locked up in Kensal Green Cemetery for 20 minutes,

iii) made it into Ronnie Scott's,

iv) spotted a punk hamster in Camden Town, and...

v) walked into Sotheby's at New Bond Street with muddy Doc Martens, a bleeding knee and a torn "L'art est inutile" shirt.

After long introspection, I came to the conclusion that England is as mental as ever.

So yes, I suppose I had a great time - even though my embalmed armadillo had to stay at home due to the strict British quarantine rules for zombie pets. *sobs*

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to some quieter time in Eastern Europe now. Tomorrow, I'll be off to Budapest and Vienna with my brother and Gabor (here I come again, SzoborPark!).

But for now, dear reader, please steal your little sister's doll's house, turn all the lights off, lean back and enjoy Issue 4 of Notes From the Haunted Doll's House.


In other 46.19% irrelevant news, this massive bird of prey darling little birdie landed on my balcony today and stared at me for half a minute. Cute! o_O


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Marina Bychkova - Exquisitely detailed and finely crafted cast in porcelain.

(via Drawn! - PixelSurgeon interview)

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Shary Boyle - Make sure to check out the drawing, painting, projection and illustration portfolios of this multi-talented artist too.

(via FecalFace)


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Natant - Featured at Vanilla Gallery.

(via Hugo)

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Koitsukihime - Château de Lune... nomen est omen.

( via Trevor Brown, c.f. image above)

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Gianni Candido - Fashion/beauty/glamour photographer experimenting rather skillfully with doll imagery.


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Kai Akemi - Confusing website navigation, but never-ending eye candy.

(via Doppelgänger)

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Zoe Leonard - Ingenious, life-like b/w photographs of anatomical models.

(via Mark Wallace)

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Anatomical model of a pregnant woman - An enchanting gem from the Kunstkammer Georg Laue in Munich, ca. 1680.


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Shinichi Yamashita - Another fascinating treasure dug out by the ever-inspiring Mark Wallace.

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Hiroshi Araki - From Araki's 1993 AstroBoy series.

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