Japanese artist and woodworker Yuto Yamasaki cleverly utilizes nature to recreate nature. He carefully chisels and carves these plant sculptures which are realistic yet somewhat fantastic, having an extra ordinary quality. This quality is amplified by the brightly colored coat of paint he applies to each, an act almost unto granting eternal life to the plants.
Yamasaki recently had a show, aptly titled Plants, where he displayed his work like a well-designed greenhouse. It’s pretty awesome to see the amount of plants he was able to carve as well as the wide variety of plants. I think it’s also interesting to how he describes his process, that his pieces have no meaning, only that they exist.
I place great importance in the physical process of art making as a means of exploring subjectivity. Without any preplanned concepts, I utilize materials that are easily available to me. The issue is not what I make; there is no meaning to be found in my pieces beyond a confirmation of the existence of the artist and his experience of making the work. Making art objects with my own hands, void of conscious thought, is a therapeutic and meditative experience. The challenge is to put myself in a state where the materials make my hands move automatically.