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Japanese Sculptor Shows How He Transforms Wood Into Surreal Statues
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Japanese Sculptor Shows How He Transforms Wood Into Surreal Statues

These surreal wood sculptures by Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki will become so much more impressive once you see how much work it took to make them! For one of his beautiful sculptures, an otherwise-ordinary girl with 12 faces, Kanemaki created a series of progress photos that show the wood carving’s progress from crude log to finished work of art.

Thanks to the reference lines he draws on the log as it’s gradually whittled down by chisels and saws, we get to see how the beautiful artwork depicted emerges from an otherwise formless mass of wood.

This bizarre sculpture artwork isn’t even his strangest – all of Kanemaki’s pieces involve strangely twisted characters, many of which dance with skeletons as well. These twisted wood artworks all seem to bespeak some sort of emotional or existential turmoil churning beneath their surfaces. Read on for Kanemaki’s answers to Bored Panda’s questions about his unique art!

More info: Behance | Facebook | bunkyo-art.co.jp (h/t: juxtapoz)

“I am trying to stimulate people living in this time to pay attention to the significance of being ‘alive’ and ‘human,'” Yoshitoshi Kanemaki told Bored Panda. “I think that asking that question is more important than answering it. I hope my work will be a stimulus to ask that question”

“There are traditional techniques cultivated from old times in Japan where Japanese have been living. I have learned and always applied them for the basis of production of my work. I am pouring ‘time’ and ‘questions’ into fundamental wooden techniques so that I can create works”

“I produce not only life size sculptures but also small works which can even fit in a palm. In addition, I produce big size sculptures which are much taller than a human’s height”

“There are many ideas everywhere; for instance, while I am driving a car, playing with my son, and so on. I should always be tuning my feelings and trying to catch ideas, and not miss them”

Thank you, Yoshitoshi Kanemaki, for answering our questions about your work!

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SpikeDaCruz
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fantastic work. Humans can make the most mesmerizing things...Yoshitoshi Kanemaki wow.

JaysonZabala
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Japanese really are a great people who pay great attention even to the smallest details. :)

SallySmith
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

thought those were real people with the skeletons

AlexLexandre
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I prefer Karl Manfred Rennertz

MichaelCartabiano
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful imagination, animation and craftsmanship

MilenKostadinov
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I did something like this, they would lock me up... :D

MilenKostadinov
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I did these things I would get locked in a psych ward....

MarieMeunier
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's fantastic and very beautiful!!!

FerihaGenel
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

incredible art works! im speechless !

Leigh-AnnHargreaves
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a tremendous talent! These are very good. I find them thought provoking. Superb work.

PatrycjaGaskiewicz
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely beautiful...i wish to own one of sculpture

PirahSikandar
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

may be he shows that man has mre than one faces

MaryBousfield
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love his concepts!...the mind is an amazing thing!

LpsDreamer
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

im going to have a nightmare tonight. that is creepy but cool

TaraStory
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The ones with skeletons & the one with the circle of people on his head are equally creepy, but the artists skill is really impressive!

MarieMosley
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of those would make awesome lamps. I'd like one in my office! They are amazing!!

AnnaJackson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why must something be grotesque to be considered "art"?

GabrielMoncha
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

great work, but still he kills trees for this

SpikeDaCruz
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fantastic work. Humans can make the most mesmerizing things...Yoshitoshi Kanemaki wow.

JaysonZabala
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Japanese really are a great people who pay great attention even to the smallest details. :)

SallySmith
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

thought those were real people with the skeletons

AlexLexandre
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I prefer Karl Manfred Rennertz

MichaelCartabiano
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful imagination, animation and craftsmanship

MilenKostadinov
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I did something like this, they would lock me up... :D

MilenKostadinov
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I did these things I would get locked in a psych ward....

MarieMeunier
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's fantastic and very beautiful!!!

FerihaGenel
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

incredible art works! im speechless !

Leigh-AnnHargreaves
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a tremendous talent! These are very good. I find them thought provoking. Superb work.

PatrycjaGaskiewicz
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely beautiful...i wish to own one of sculpture

PirahSikandar
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

may be he shows that man has mre than one faces

MaryBousfield
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love his concepts!...the mind is an amazing thing!

LpsDreamer
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

im going to have a nightmare tonight. that is creepy but cool

TaraStory
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The ones with skeletons & the one with the circle of people on his head are equally creepy, but the artists skill is really impressive!

MarieMosley
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of those would make awesome lamps. I'd like one in my office! They are amazing!!

AnnaJackson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why must something be grotesque to be considered "art"?

GabrielMoncha
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

great work, but still he kills trees for this

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