This porcelain sculpture is a stylish contemporary artistic interpretation of an age-old natural form. Inspired by walking in the woods of British Columbia. It is handcrafted from exquisite high fire unglazed polished porcelain by award-winning artisan Anyuta Gusakova in Anyuta Studio, Vancouver.
Anita says; “OLEN means “deer” in Russian. The series is inspired by two deer skulls that I found while hiking in the woods in rural British Columbia. I took them to my studio. I was so excited about the beauty and functional genius of this natural form that I began to sketch, draw and paint them, making some still-life artwork. Once I felt that I had immersed myself in the divine natural structure enough, I felt that I wanted to go further in my creative mood and make art which is not just a representation of the original form but go beyond applying stylization and imagination. That’s how the Deer Skull Coral was created, a merging of a deer skull and a sea coral. It was followed by The Spirit of the Woods, with a human body and a deer skull as his head, and finally the OLEN Deer Skull porcelain collection. The OLEN collection plays on a modern simplistic and geometric transformation that I applied. I chose fine high fire porcelain as a medium for OLEN collection because of its unique qualities: the soft matt marble-like look, the smoothness of the polished surface and the delicate ivory colour. There are three handcrafted sculptural editions in the collection: Small OLEN, Big OLEN and OLEN Golden Antlers with gold lustre. From time to time I experiment with the form by taking a raw porcelain cast and transforming it to a one-of-a-kind piece using different sculpting techniques – carving, modelling, adding or subtracting elements, texturing and painting. As a result I’ve produced a whole collection of unique customized interpretations of my basic OLEN concept: Black Bird OLEN with bird feathers, Green Ghost with carved patterns and acrylic, Golden Patch with textural gold painted spots and transformed antlers, and others.”
Two sizes are available.
- Large OLEN: 9x4x4.5in
- Small OLEN: 5x2x3in
Materials: high fire unglazed porcelain
Lead time: up to 5 business days