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 Camphorwood, 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 unique work is small and lightweight, portraying a staircase and a figure sitting at the top. Sawada has embraced the natural qualities of the material and revealed darker hues in the textured surface. This piece is free standing.
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.