Sonya Vengrova

United Kingdom
Sonya Vengrova

I am originally Russian, living in the UK now for almost half of my life. I am based in the beautiful Warwickshire, mothering two daughters (with different degrees of involvement, as one of them is an adult now), two small dogs, a chinchilla and a zebra-finch, as well as over a hundred plants.
In different periods of my life I dedicated myself to different things. Coming from a family of biomedical scientists, this is where I applied myself first. I am forever fascinated with biology and with the natural world. The intricacy of how the living organisms are built and the beautyof the natural forms are a constant source of interest and inspiration. The life cycles and the food chains are the prototypes of the dilemmas that we, humans, face in life, and it’s something that I think about a lot.
I then had a period of working in social sciences. It has opened my eyes to the incredible knowledge that cannot be studied by using the scientific method - the subjective and fickle world of perception, thoughts and emotions and the resulting human behaviour. After six years on that path, the time was right to dedicate myself fully to art.
A lot of my inspiration comes from the magical stories, animated films, and also from my grandmother’s stash of women’s craft magazines, dating to before communist revolution in Russia. There is something in the images from that era that appeals to me: the calm, the thoughtfulness…
Making creatures allows me to preserve and express memories and impressions from reading, watching, visiting and seeing, and the dilemmas that we face. Sometimes a vision buzzes around in my head for weeks, months, or even years. It’s very satisfying for me to create something which becomes an embodiment of that vision. On the other hand, sometimes I start with a vision, but the process of making a creature takes an unexpected direction, and something totally different from the original idea ends up being made.
I have really hard time parting with my own projects, but I am really looking forward to commissions! I would love to work with someone to bring their ideas and vision to life.

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Желтый ангел / Yellow Angel

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Описание:
This composition is inspired by Alexander Vertinsky’s song «The Yellow Angel». A sad andtired performer, who has been entertaining the pubic on Christmas Eve until the early hours -when the Yellow Angel descends from the top of the Christmas tree and says «Poor Maestro,you are tired, you are unwell…».
I wanted to depict empathy and compassion, expressed by a man and received by a man -something that the society doesn’t have enough room for, unfortunately.

Техника и материалы:
Air-drying clay, textiles, embellishments, feathers, vintage wooden chair.

Размер, см
Height 59 cm

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2
Самое необходимое / The Essentials

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Описание:
This doll was made on the theme of the pandemic. It was inspired by the plague doctors ofthe Middle Ages. This plague doctor is a kind and thoughtful spirit; he walks down the streetwith a book of poetry and a roll of toilet paper (a reference to the comical toilet papershortages in the UK) in his shopping bag. He picks up a pretty red autumn leaf and admires it- there is a place for appreciation of nature and beauty even in the most stressful of times.

Техника и материалы:
Air-drying clay, textiles, embellishments, feathers, vintage wooden chair.

Размер, см
Height 49 cm

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3
Джинн / Jinni

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Описание:
Jinni is a supernatural benevolent spirit below the level of angels and devils. She is a being ofair who is capable of assuming human form, and dwells in a jug. Apart from other magicalabilities, Jinn are thought to inspire poets and philosophers; this one is also a good listener.

Техника и материалы:
Air-drying clay, textiles, embellishments, metal jug.

Размер, см
Height 36 cm

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4
Харон / Charon

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Описание:
This is Charon, the ferryman of the realm of the dead who carries the souls of the newlydeceased across the river Styx. On his shoulder is a white butterfly, which in many culturessymbolises a soul, especially of a child. This one is definitely a child, it’s excited about what’sahead and is pointing forward. Charon’s slightly amphibian face is a little sad, but mostlythoughtful: he understands that death is part of the natural order of things, its a transition. Hiscostume is copied from Hieronymus Bosch’s painting “The Peddlar”, and his ears follow thetradition of the Indonesian Wayang Golek marionettes.

Техника и материалы:
Air-drying clay, textiles, basswood for the oar, ceramic cream jug.

Размер, см
Height 31 cm

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4
Повелительница рыб / Queen of the Fishes

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Описание:
The Queen of the Fishes is a gentle and kind queen. She is also very young for a queen, butshe carries the responsibility with bravery and resolve. She is distantly related to theIndonesian Wayang Golek marionettes, with their fancy hair arrangements and spiral ears, aswell as to Hayao Miyazakis Ponyo.

Техника и материалы:
Air-drying clay, textiles, beads, bird feeder, shells, pebbles.

Размер, см
Height 31 cm

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