This beautifully hand-carved, wooden sculpture is made by Hideo Sawada. The delicate mark-making is exquisite and demonstrates his immaculate skill in carving wood. Sawada balances the abstract with the figurative, using his meticulous technique of sculpting with Japanese Cypress, a local and natural material. He is passionate about creating simple and subtle forms to uncover the emotion and power of each character, aimed to be explored further by the viewer.
This medium-scale sculpture is lightweight and intricately detailed. Light in colour, this piece has varying textures and tones, with thanks to Sawada’s incredible hand-carving process. The piece depicts a hand and arm, with three missing fingers replaced by a wooden form. It rests on a wooden plinth, held up by a metal rod.
About the Artist:
Hideo Sawada is a sculptor from Kawagoe City in Saitama Prefecture who trained at Tokyo University of the Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany. His slender and motionless small-scale sculptures are tenderly rendered from wood. Sawada’s preference for simplicity and adherence to Japanese traditional aesthetics results in breathtaking figurative forms.