Nikitina Pavla

Least reduced
Least reduced 40х35х23 см; 3D printing on gypsum basis, metal, plywood; 2019
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In this project, Pavla Nikitina returns to the situation from her childhood for the purpose of psychological analysis. At a very young age, she received old metal toys as a gift, but was very upset by the mismatch in the size of all items to real objects and refused to play with them. It was a visual dissonance.

Now the artist comprehends this state of psychological tension, which arises when a person feels a disproportion between what he expects to see and what he actually sees. But as a child Pavla Nikitina was aware only of the lack of logic in the disproportionate ratio of different subjects. Only fifteen years later, she wanted to get toys out of the attic and make a project in which it gives meaning to this disproportion, reinforcing it.

Instead of idealizing the situation and creating the right proportions between toys and figures, Pavla Nikitina made the sculptures herself strikingly disproportionate to every object except one figure. With mathematical miscalculations, the artist discovered that the kettle is the least reduced object and, therefore, it is the closest to reality. Therefore, the figure, which goes beyond the composition at the time of the first step into reality, is proportional to the kettle.

As a child, the imperfection of things in the real world blocked the artist’s imagination. Post factum Nikitina found a way out of this situation by calculating the proportions that helped her create her own system in the senseless disproportion of toys.

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Nikitina Pavla
Date of birth: 1997
Place of residence: Kyiv/Brno


She studied at the Taras Shevchenko State Art High School, then continued her studies at the Secondary Art and Industrial School of Stone Processing and Sculpture in Goržice (Czech Republic), specializing in stone sculpture. Paul is currently studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Technical University in Brno (Czech Republic) in Sculpture Workshop 1, where he practices sculpture in its classical and modern techniques – from academic methods to 3D modeling.

Artistic practice:

Pavla Nikitina works with new technologies as such, as well as psychological and social research of specific phenomena in the medium of sculpture.


Participant of group exhibitions, including “Na rozhraní” (“On the border”) at the Museum of Art and Design Benesov (2021, Benesov, Czech Republic), “Exodus” at the Museum of History of Kiev (2019, Kiev, Ukraine), “Outside These Walls” (“Outside these walls”) in the gallery “SVA Flatiron” (2018, New York, USA), and others.

Works in collections:

Pavla Nikitina’s works are presented in the collection of the National Museum of Montenegro (2019, Cetinje, Montenegro), in private collections in Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

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