Unusual Sculptures Chiseled from Wood by Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki chisels these life-sized figurative sculptures out of giant pieces of camphor wood, a kind of evergreen. The strange pieces frequently involve two or more characters merged into a single form, which could been interpreted as commentary on mortality, or multiple personalities/perspectives. Kanemaki created a series of progress photos that show the sculpture’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 strange girl depicted emerges from an otherwise formless mass of wood. This bizarre sculpture isn’t even his strangest – all of Kanemaki’s peaces involve strangely twisted characters, many of which dance with skeletons as well. These twisted statues all seem to bespeak some sort of emotional or existential turmoil churning beneath their surfaces.

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