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October 24th – November 28th, 2020
Daria Aksenova, 新月 “Shingetsu (New Moon)


Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present Houston based artist, Daria Aksenova for her second solo show at the gallery, entitled “New Moon”. Aksenova’s latest body of shadowboxes utilizes her affection for narrative as a link between animals and humans through various branches of folklore. Both visual and thematic elements of these stories can be found in the presence of clothing, masks and characters. Mythologies stemming from Russia, Japan and the Chinese zodiac are noted in the artists surreal characters and garb, while her own personal narrative finds itself woven throughout each shadowbox.


About Daria’s Process:

Daria’s works are known as shadowboxes. The artist inks (both fine line and ink washes) her imagery before she meticulously cuts it out to layer and suspend in a deep-set, framed shadowbox built by her own hands. Each artwork is comprised of multiple layers that allow her to create immense depth and movement. It is through her multiple layers and masterful line work that a cinematic dimension of imagination and story are brought to life.


I have always been fascinated with storytelling, starting with childhood bedside fables and mythology. Two 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 folk lore and myths of their youth, hoping to create artwork that inspires the dreamer within.


Daria Aksenova is best known for her suspended paper narrative compositions in ink. In the heart of Houston’s newly renovated creative studios, she displays a unique treasure of imagination. The current focus of her work takes on the creation of dynamic movement in a static medium, drawing from her past experience with the fashion and film industries. It is her intent that cinematographic storytelling arises from the layers and complexity of the composition. These pull in both the eye and mind, presenting a space and opportunity for the imagination to wander into a deep narrative that can only be experienced first hand.
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 is chosen by a fascination with mythology and folklore. Her pieces evoke a dreamscape-like narrative to serve as a vehicle to transport the viewer back to past, more carefree times, outside the limitations of the everyday world
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