When we think about twin sisters the first image that pops in our minds is the frame of the two girls from “Shining” standing in the hall of the hotel, asking Danny to play. This kind of sister has something creepy like the two girls before: Ekaterina and Elena Popovy are two Russian visual artists that create dolls in human shape and realistic appearance.
They put human gesture and traits from people’s personalities in their works, giving life to little Frankensteins of the modern era, in beautiful and feminine appearance.
Their art received several awards and they made some collaborations with other artists (latest with Yolandi from Die Anterwood); but, in first line, they use a lot of music in background in their exhibitions, played by a musician. Reminds you of clubbing? Sure it is: as a clubber, they perform with music, using their mini-human being for giving birth to special and magic artworks. Here, our chitty chat.
In your bio, you said are interested in”realistic human gesture”. What are those gestures that inspire you the most?
We were always attracted to human anatomy and plastic. We watched the body in motion, literally reading appearing lines, curves and silhouettes. We used to sketch humans in different postures a lot. Later on when we were working on our dolls we payed special attention to joints articulation, plastics and body bends, our goal was to make the doll to be able to take elegant and variable postures without sacrificing natural body beauty and its lines. We tried doll parts placing them in different postures, using contrast lights to make sure every tiny nuance of the sculpt was there, joints smoothly translate into body and maintain natural feel. This is fascinating process, feels like time stand still, so addictive.
Your work has some reminders to the gothic tradition of Victorian Age, especially in fashion. Do you often be influenced by that period? Do you think is something that is returning in our age?
Overall the concept of our style is build upon the contrast of black and white, beautiful and nasty, aggressive. For example, innocent, pretty image of the doll with long, sharp and predatory dangerous nails. We believe that beauty can be easier to comprehend watching on her in contrast. Imaging, you look at beautiful rose, getting closer, inhaling her beautiful aroma and then you see the big bug sitting in the middle of her leaves. It can be wonderful and disgusting at the same time. This is what we find to be beautiful and complete. Gothic has grown in into it’s own subculture, emphasising it’s dark side. It attracts us as it is the contrast to all glamorous and refined. Gothic styles of Victorian age attracted us by its sharp and aggressive shapes. In our GARTER collection dolls wear moulded dresses, cut to look like armour with sharp edges and joints, all this to emphasise delicate emotion and image of gentle teenage-girls.
You represent humanity through the figure of dolls and, for me, is something very symbolic. Do you think nowadays all people reach perfection everyday to become, in some ways, a doll for our society?
We’d say we imagine our world, not humanity. The world as we see it. Through dolls we express our emotions on some specific subject. Through dolls we draw the viewer attention to little details, themes and colours. People try to reach the perfection, ideal, but all ideals are not ideal, and that’s the beauty of it.
You said you use music in background for your installations. Do you think music enforce art in general?
Music is our main emotion booster for many areas, on fashion shows, movies, art performances even sometimes at lounge cafe, as a soundtrack for out current moment in life. Music is always play in our workshop. Music is important part of our shows and even small videos on Instagram. Often before starting the new theme we listen to the special music, the one that can lead us to the special mood of selected theme, it can give us colours and emotion for upcoming collection.
Your latest collaboration is with Yolandi, from Die Anterwood, duo that made music very often played in clubs. Do you see your art integrated in a club?
It’s funny, at the dawn of our rising as a fashion designers we were very passionate about club culture, we were big time party monsters :), spent lot of time in the clubs, many people knew us. Back then we wanted to be making club interiors and club fashion wear. Today we see our art in many areas and directions where we can go, and club culture is no exception. This is a big topic and it’s hard to cover it in a few sentences 🙂
You put a lot of trends of these years in your work, so do you think clubbing is something you’ll be interest to talk about in your art?
Yes, we have many ideas, quite often we work on several themes in parallel, regarding club culture, who knows, maybe, all ideas comes to us from space 😉
Regarding trends overall, our dream to create everlasting trend of love to the animals, saving the planet and people, make every person to live consciously on the planet without wars, hunger and violence.