The name “Myshka” is derived from Slavic languages and means “little mouse”. In the search of inspiration I often go to fairy tales, myths, and legends. In this case, I looked into Brothers Grimm’s tale “The rat catcher” and imagined an alternative story. What if he had a daughter who inherited part of his abilities of enchanting creatures with the use of a magical instrument? I gave her enchanted ocarina and watched how she dances with the mice.
Graphite on Bristol paper. 21×29.7cm (A4).
Based on a reference photo by Paulina Duczman, with her general permission
Enchanted ocarina made of ancient tree
Bends the will of creatures
And never sets them free
Charmed by compelling sound
By the spell they can’t resist
Now to the girls are bound
As long as they exist
There’s such a power in little paws
And strength in quantity
Those are Nature’s laws
Where hundred creates the unity