Natasha Dikareva was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine and also studied in St. Petersburg, Russia during the hey-day of Soviet power. The genre of Soviet realism permeated Dikareva's young creative life. The narrow standard of approved art inadvertently pushed Dikareva to develop her own symbolic language. In 1995, an opportunity arose to move to the U.S. where Dikareva continued to pursue a vocabulary in ceramics at various studios in Minneapolis. After receiving her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Dikareva expanded her vision and embraced the notion of being an Eastern European artist. Now in San Francisco, a microcosmic universe continues to flourish within Dikareva's work.
Dikareva is known for her surreal, exquisitely formed human figures
which often morph into other biological forms such as birds, fish and
trees. Humans and other living creatures are united in the experience of
life. Dikareva's latest work develops during an intensively
introspective process, confronting the idea of physical security. The recent
body of work reflects a concern with current events and an
imagined biological response to a world that has been decimated by
industrialization, war and pandemic. New life springs from shells which
have survived the collapse, offering a sense of optimism and security, a
sanctuary from the adverse effects of an over-industrialized world.
I am interested in the coexistence of the harmonious perspectives of the human body with the objects symbolizing abstract ideas as a further exploration of the relation between the physical and metaphysical. My pieces expose the interplay between elements of animate and inanimate nature, revealing the correspondences of their beauty through metamorphosis. Stains and matte glazes evoke the archaic in my oeuvre. The texture and coloration of a finished piece suggests a spontaneous genesis coeval with the emergence of natural forces - Fire, Wind and Water. Hence a feeling is conveyed of the work as ancient artifact.
I believe in the phrase of Dostoevsky: "Beauty will save the world." Through my art, I communicate ideas about beauty on many levels, including mythological, philosophical, and emotional. I also believe that we seek personal authenticity and grace in life, and we surround ourselves with objects that share these qualities.