Ten years ago Osaka born paper artist Tetsuya Nagata started collecting wooden moulds with which Japanese traditional sweets are made. Having collected more than 2,000 molds, Nagata created three dimensional embossed groupings of sea breams, peonies, chrysanthemums, deities and more. The material used is Japanese paper, washi, made from mulberry, mitsumata, and ganpi. By pressing Nishinouchi washi into the carved wooden molds he created delicate sculptural works that celebrate tradition with a contemporary flair. He learned this technique of natural sculpting at Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Fine Arts.
“I would like to leave a memory of Japanese beauty and tradition that people have forgotten. I am fascinated by the beauty of Japanese design that has been put into wooden moulds. Those moulds have in themselves the history of each craftsman’s work.”
You can follow the artist here on his website.
Images: Courtesy of Tetsuya Nagata.
Yu Jin-Young is a Korean female sculptor who creates human forms out of transparent materials. We couldn’t find a blog or a website for her but we did find an interview on Leaders in Korean. Here are her answers regarding her work:
Production: “All of my works are made through soil work. First, make a human shape out of clay. Among them, the face, shoes/socks, and hands are lifted with FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastics). And the rest of the body is molded with plaster. Then, place a hard PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) plate on the polished plaster frame, and press while applying heat. Press repeatedly until you get the shape you like. The resulting face, transparent body, shoes, and back of hands are tied together with transparent thread and assembled. It takes about 40-50 days to complete one work.”
Transparency: “I always wanted to hide when I went to a place with a lot of people. The fake laughter, exaggerated gestures, and unscrupulous communication were awkward and uncomfortable. Even though I was good at talking, I suddenly asked’What am I doing now?’ I think. Even when I was with a lot of people, I often felt like I was standing alone in a completely different space from other people. Then, everyone else seems happy, but suddenly I feel that I’m alone and I want to run away.”
“So I wanted to create a transparent work. I thought that if I made a transparent person who could act honestly with a sincere expression in any situation, no matter where I am, I would be able to withstand awkward moods and frustrating situations.”
Images: Courtesy of Yu Jin-Young.
Xavier Veilhan lives and works in Paris and is one of most well-known and internationally recognized French artist. His work includes photography, sculpture, film, painting and installation art. His work is often showcased in the public space, with sculptures occupying numerous cities across France and abroad. On an article in Art in America he says this about his fascination with the early Twentieth Century:
“In the time of Cubism and Futurism, there was this realization that everything’s always moving, and falling. Not falling apart, but falling toward something else. Art had to adapt to this idea. I’m very much into physics. Not that I understand all that much. I enjoy reading about it. You get this idea of the great complexity of the world. One of the reasons why I’m an artist is to try to achieve some sort of harmony from the complexity of the world.”
More of his work can be viewed on his website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Xavier Veilhan.