Join Artzu Gallery at Manchester Fashion Week on 9th – 14th April 2012 at The Avenue North, Spinningfields:
We will be a main sponsor providing a backdrop of fabulous art to match the occasion!
Enjoy the exquisite beauty of Alejandra Valencia’s contemporary Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) at Manchester Fashion Week. To complement these jewel like sculptural figures we have issued a series of striking limited edition prints.
The first five people to purchase a Matryoshka photographic print will receive two free tickets for Manchester Fashion Week.
Valencia’s work is inspired by some of the first Russian Matryoshka carved by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by a Russian folk painter.
Zvyozdochkin was moved to create the symbolic nested arrangement by ‘Fukuruma’ dolls from Honshu, the main island of Japan. These original Japanese ‘dolls’ depicted Buddhist monks and were produced for ritual use where they symbolised the layers of the human soul.
Valencia has incorporated some of this mysticism into her own artwork by painting the contemporary Matryoshka with the elusive and delicate figures of nuns.
In Russia the dolls became much more associated with fertility and motherhood. The name “Matryoshka” comes from the Russian word for mother, mat. A liberal interpretation of the term Matryoshka could be taken to mean “little mother.” It is not uncommon to see a mother-like figure as the large doll with her children contained inside her.
The most common wood used for making Matryoshka dolls is lime and birch. Every piece goes through as many as 15 turning operations before being fashioned into a doll.
Valencia’s Matryoshka are carved using the same traditional process then painted in oils to depict jewel like female forms.
You can also view the outstanding work of the well established Manchester artists Matt Wilde and Steven Farley during Manchester Fashion Week. Wilde produces work with a raw energy. It’s a running commentary on life in the city which has culminated in an ingenious commission for Spinningfield’s of Hardman Square. His figures represent the daily battle with the comings and goings of our fast paced living. To view Matt Wilde’s portfolio click here
Farley produces artwork in industrial resins which are both captivating to the imagination as well as to the light. Glass like prisms are illuminated in playful textures to give a powerfully uplifting quality. Farley manages to strike that delicate balance between art work which is both light hearted and transcendental. To view Stephen Farley’s portfolio click here.
So join Artzu Gallery at Manchester Fashion Week to celebrate the merging of art with fashion!