‘Matryoshka’ (матрёшка) is the name given to Russian dolls, universally recognized icons of Eastern European culture. Typically, these dolls draw on folk traditions and are used to represent the unity of mind, body, heart and spirit. Here, the artist interprets the concept by nesting vessels with disparate histories within one another, with the larger modern English ceramic jar breaking apart to reveal an ancient Roman glass perfume bottle in the center. This piece thereby explores the concepts of cultural transference, influence and persistence.

Oil on Linen
50cm x 76cm
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© Kieran Ingram 2018