Carved stone multiple sculpture: cacholong, Lydian stone, jasper, lapis lazuli, jambul chalcedony, yellow gold 18k, sterling silver 22k with 24k gold plating, stamped by the artist and numbered 1/4
Through a series of stone-cut carnival characters drawn from the rich world of symbolism and philosophical acting – pretentiousness, affectation, mockery and irony, combined with a slight sense of sadness and anticipation of tragedy – the work of Mikhail Chemiakin keeps evolving. His characters seem to balance on the border between reality and something vague, impossible, verging on the mystical. The stone sculpture The Hare connects the figure of a man with the head of a hare. The composition features a disproportionate representation of the body and limbs, an asymmetry augmented by the strange shape of the clothes, shoes and hat. Once again, the artist has created a character drawn from a different world, one constructed by him; he creates an almost grotesque allegory. The figure stands on a round base of dark obsidian, the color and shape of which is in harmony with the character's unusual head-dress, which complements the deliberate artificiality of the image, in which one can sense the influence of ancient Egyptian traditions: a statuesque quality, an arbitrary positioning of the figure and legs, the shape of the head-dress and the portrayal of the eyes with pronounced whites and separately inserted pupils. The timeless nature of the character is emphasized by the beauty of the materials, the virtuoso use of color and the texture of the minerals in the volumetric mosaic technique, and the artist's unerring choices of materials: jasper, lapis lazuli, Kalmuck agate and silver.
Stamped by the artist and numbered 1/4 . From edition of 4.
Published by Sasonko Jewelry house, St. Petersburg (RF)