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.
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.
For further information or to schedule a studio visit contact Info@DariaAksenova.com
If you would like to visit please schedule an appointment or stop by during an event.
The Silos on Sawyer
1502 Sawyer Street Studio 126
77007 Houston, TX
Publications & Magazines
Infected by Art, Volume 7, in process
Beautiful Bizzare, publication forthcoming
Imagine FX, publication forthcoming
2019 - Create Magazine, Issue XV
Curator: Sara McCorriston & Jason Chen
2019 - Pikchur Magazine, Issue 5, p. 120-123
2018 - Infected by Art, Volume 6, Art Order LLC, p. 271
2018 - Create Magazine, Issue X, p. 114-115
Curator: Jennifer Rizzo
Select Group Shows
2019 - Esprit de Corps, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2019 - Esprit de Corps, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2019 - Unnatural Histories VIII, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
2019 - La Lune II, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2019 - Eleventh Annual Juried Exhibition, Archway Gallery, Houston, TX Juror: Penny Cerling
2019 - Elements, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2019 - pa•per, Paradigm Gallery + Studios, Philadelphia, PA
2019 - Folklore, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2018 - Reveal Art Fair, Haven Gallery.
2018 - Tenth Annual Juried Exhibition, Archway Gallery, Houston, TX Juror: Diane Griffin Gregory
2018 - Le Rêve, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2018 - SCOPE New York, Haven Gallery.
2018 - Vanitas, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2018 - Music Box III, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2017 - Little Big III, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2017 - Into the Woods II, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY
2017 - 12th Juried Invitational Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX Juror: Catherine D. Anspon
2017 - Ninth Annual Juried Exhibition, Archway Gallery, Houston, TX Juror: Dr. Fernando Casas, PhD
2017 - 11th Juried Invitational Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX Juror: Lester Marks
2016 - 34th Juried Membership Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX Juror: Zoya Tommy
2016 - Earth, Sky & Space Fine Art Show, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Webster, TX
2016 - "Exposed" Inaugural Art Show, Jo-Mar Visions, Houston, TX Curator: Shae Skidmore
Awards & Nominations
2019 - Finalist - Chesley Awards, Best Three-Dimentional Art, Assosiation of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA)
2017 - Honorable Mention - 11th Juried Invitational Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX, Juror: Lester Marks
Notable Private Collections
Lester Marks in Houston, TX
Cammie Gilbert in Houston, TX
Notable Public Collections
Amerejuve MedSpa in Houston, TX
MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX