This project started coincidentally when driving away from my first visit to New York City. All of a sudden I envisioned the image of the figurine that I wished to convey. The look of that character was very new for my style at the time but I imagined it perfectly to make it real. I liked this idea as a pair for my first one I chose Moscow, piecing together my views and observations of the city I know so well. I enjoyed the challenge of such a task very much and eventually created three more city characters for this project.
I was always interested in Russian Folk Costume and was happy to combine it with my love of Paper Dolls. It was a pleasure to see my creations published in “Doll Life” Magazine (August’92, February’93, December’93). Vasilissa is a paper recreation of my original doll and was featured in “Dolls” Magazine (February’96). It was a new experience to extend my doll’s life with a different media. My last addition to this collection was created for the NIADA Paper Doll project in 2008.
1989 – “All-Union Exhibition of Young Artists”, Manezh, Moscow, Russia 1990 – “Patch-mosaic”, Museum of Applied Arts, Moscow, Russia 1991 – The Great American Quilt Festival III, “Discovering Quilts in Russia”, Folk Art Museum, New York, USA 1992 – “Russian Folk Art”, Museum of Applied Arts, Moscow, Russia 1993 – Collage of Quilts II, North Salem, USA
As long as I remember, I liked to draw, glue and sculpt and most of all I was keen about making doll like objects. Once in school we’ve had writing assignment ‘What I would like to do when I grow up’. I wrote I would like to work at a doll factory painting doll faces and eyes. I believed with slight differences in brush strokes the facial expression of the doll could magically change.
I eventually forgot about the doll factory for awhile and after the graduation I entered the Moscow College of Fine Arts graduating with a degree in restoration of Icons and oil paintings. I worked as a freelance artist in a various directions making illustrations, designs, TV projects. In my spare time I took an interest in quilting and continued with my doll making pursuit.
My first collection of dolls as art objects was created in 1982, which I exhibited at various art shows in Moscow. It was very innovative direction for that time, as I tried to promote the idea of doll as an Art object to observe and enjoy. I was exploring different materials and styles and it took some time until I found the most suitable way for my self expression.Finally after few years my artistic interests concentrated on Art doll completely and became my major passion.
I admire the diversity of human faces and forms and my dolls consisting of mixture of various cultural and ethnic traces. I mesmerized by the process of animating a piece of clay although it is the most labor and time intensive part of each project. The painting is also the most exciting part as this is when the look and more importantly the soul of the doll are created. My goal is to express the doll’s character through the pose of the body and through the look in the eyes. I use different techniques and styles of painting to convey the mood that I am trying to achieve in the piece. The costuming is in a way the secondary stage in completing the look. I often treat and dye vintage fabrics and use vintage accessories enjoying how the textures and colors seem to magically fall together completing the creative process.
I seek to make the figure look timeless and universal; to help viewers concentrate on the moment. I am always trying to gain emotional depth in my work and make it speak without words as a way to communicate my deepest thoughts and feelings.
Comrade-in-Art, “Dolls” September 2000.
“Baeva’s joy in her work and her talents have made her a natural magnet for admirers both in her homeland and abroad, particularly in the United States where she was accepted into membership in the prestigious National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA). Some view her as an unofficial ambassador for the small but emerging group of Russian doll artists.”
Nayda Rondon, editor.
“Tatiana creates dolls that represent a distinctively Russian culture both in costuming and subject matter. Her pieces are serious, intense or melancholy”
Deborah Hellman, Dolls Etcetera Ltd.
1990 – Professional Artists Committee, Moscow Russia 1995 – International Federation of artists Moscow Russia 1999 – Member of NIADA (National Institute of American Doll Artist) 2005 – Member of Moscow Union of Artists 2009 – Chairman of “Association of Doll Artists” Moscow
1992 – 2nd Place Award, 10th Anniversary Convention of the Global Doll Society Convention, Koln, Germany 1993 – Third place Award, Collage of Quilts II, North Salem, USA 2003 – Diploma “For Personal touch”, Egoist magazine, Moscow 2005 – First recipient of “Mega Star” award for professional achievement, International Doll Salon, Moscow 2007 – Annual juried Award, DollArt.ru, Moscow 2008 – Diploma “For Outstanding Contribution to Doll Art in Russia”, OFIR, Moscow