Traditional printing techniques are an essential part of Shishkin's art practice, which encompasses painting, drawing, and mural work. In her suite of hand-colored offset lithographs, Hideous Potato, missed terribly, with likes and no hate, a corpulent cherub with sphincters for eyes and mouth seems to spew bodily fluids. A retreating cavalry of figures makes its way through a very tricky scene. In its' image area text appears, Death Remains a Surprise, which warns the riders of an ultimate concern. The print is made up of nine separate panels, hand-cut, irregular shapes, which can come together as one whole piece or remain as individual works. An image at left shows all the elements as installed as one larger work, nine pieces put together the puzzle.
Dasha Shishkin was born in 1977 in Moscow, Russia. She later moved with her parents to New York where she went to Parsons School of Design and later to the Rietveld Academy of Arts in Amsterdam. She is a 2006 MFA graduate of Columbia's School of the Arts. A painter who works on different surfaces as well as the wall. She incorporates drawing and painting in her installation work. She has participated in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, P.S. 1, the Kunsthalle Hamburg, and Grimm/Rosenfeld Gallery in Munich and New York, where she has recently had two solo shows. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. She currently lives and works in New York.