Pasha Setrova gained acclamation in Russia for her work before leaving for the US in 2011. Pasha now resides and works in NYC.
An original artist who creates moody storybook imagery in the 3-D form be it with resin, fabric, or by her own breath and body; imagery that confounds the average mind with its sense of wonderment, fantasy, and charm and that calls out to us from the world of dark whimsy. Within the human form, Pasha Setrova finds beauty, mystery, and strangeness. With these discoveries, along with inspiration taken from everything from modern day fashion, textiles, pop culture, her own nomadic childhood history in the tundras of Siberia to her past work as a unsatisfied model in Europe, to her personal battles with schizophrenia, Pasha Setrova blends her eclectic experiences together and breaths life into exotic characters that seem to peer out from their frozen selves.
"I was born in Russia, and moved across the country a lot. I never had my own home, my own school, my own family. I had books and art as an escape and that was something that was my own. That was something I could possess and would not accidentally leave behind. When I was a child, I believed that dolls could come alive at night when nobody was looking. That's why I think, to sculpt dolls is so sacred to me. Everything I know, I known only because of my passion. Self taught people can only become professionals only if they are passionate about what they do. And I am. I'm dedicated to dolls. - to this unusual art. My art is usually rich in color and emotions. And it is always different. I make everything myself and trust nobody. Because the visions in my head..you cannot describe. No one but I can make them how I see them. I've been making these art dolls/mixed media sculptures for 12 years now and I'm still passionate about them. I wish there was a real-time projection printer directly connected to my brain. Because 24 hours and two hands aren't enough. I have a lot to show. I have a lot to say. I have no time left."