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Tom Eckert's Wooden Sculptures Don't Look Like Wood

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 29 May 2013
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Arizona-based artist Tom Eckert begins with basswood, linden, or line wood and patiently carves and paints each piece to resemble realistic looking still lifes. "Forms carved to suggest cloth recur in many of my pieces...Covered forms are often more evocative - with a sense of mystery absent from the uncovered object by itself. We would love to see these in person

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Arizona-based artist Tom Eckert creates incredibly lifelike sculptures out of little more than wood, paint and patience. Working primarily with basswood, linden and limewood that is then coated with fine layers of lacquer paint, the artist can create realistic wrinkles in fabric or reflections that are almost impossible to discern from the real thing. Eckert says of his work:

Forms carved to suggest cloth recur in many of my pieces. By tradition, cloth has been widely used to conceal and shroud objects in practices ranging from advertising to church rituals. Covered forms are often more evocative – with a sense of mystery absent from the uncovered object by itself. I remember in church one Lent, as a child, being mystified while gazing at the statues shrouded with purple cloth.

You can watch the video above to learn more about his technique or explore his online galleries to see much more. If you liked this, also check out the work of Randall Rosenthal. (via twisted sifter)

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