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-seeded 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
I have always been fascinated with storytelling, starting with childhood bedside fables and
mythology. Three years ago, seeking a new challenge, I undertook creating a narrative arc
within a static medium, using principles I learned from my previous industries: fashion and film.
My mission is to bring back our childhood imaginations that are drowned out by the everyday
bustle in our ever-busy lives. I choose my settings and subject material to draw the viewer back
to the folklore and myths of their youth, hoping to create artwork that inspires the dreamer
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