Olga Gouskova Combines Critter and Female Innocence

The delicate features of young girls are juxtaposed to various animal features in this collection of portraits by Olga Gouskova. The artist does a brilliant job at blending two various elements (delicacy and bestial) in a manner that complements rather than conflicts with each other.

The portrait of a woman with goat antlers at no point exudes impressions of a wild or savage nature. Despite the horns -- often associated with Devil imagery -- Gouskova's illustration retains the impression of serene beauty and innocence.

Other drawings involve young women wearing critter masks or interacting with animals, all of which continue to elaborate on the notion of tranquility and balance between the civilized man and wild animals.