Dasha Shishkin eschews any definitive narrative in her work in favor of presenting questions with "maybe" for an answer. The plaintive, calm faces of the figures who populate her compositions belie the intense activities in which they are engaged. Each individual executes a particular task that informs a larger activity, but individual identities or actions disappear, intentionally or mistakenly, in a sea of activity or service.
Shishkin's complex compositions are executed using her characteristic economy of line, coupled with her use of bright blocks of color and elaborate patterning. Often using found materials, the artist employs the existing imperfections, such as the folds or creases in a canvas, to give shape to her work.
source: absolutearts - Desaparecido
artinfo: Interview: Dasha Shishkin 2010