Christopher David White is a ceramic artist that blow us away with techniques used to create hyper-realistic ceramics that will trick your mind as for you, they are wood trunks.
The decay of wood becomes a beautiful mode and means of artistic characterization for ceramicist Christopher David. He uses ceramics to realistically emulate the appearance of decaying wood in his intriguing sculptures.
Appropriating a trompe l’oeil technique, the detail is textured and uncanny, offering a glimpse of the seamlessness between man and nature. “I seek to expose the beauty that often results from decay while, at the same time, making my viewer question their own perception of the world around them.” “By utilizing a trompe l’oeil technique, White forces the viewer to take a closer look at his work while also investigating the truth hidden in the hyperrealistic sculptures.”
Artist statement: “With nature undergoing a perpetual transformation, everything derived from nature is subject to the same repetitive cycle of growth and decay—of life and death. Change is a constant reminder that permanence is the ultimate illusion. It is through the creation of hyper-realistic sculpture that I explore the relationship between nature, man, and the phenomenon of impermanence. I seek to expose the beauty that often results from decay while, at the same time, making my viewer question their own perception of the world around them.
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To accomplish this, I begin by observing instances of decay within my surroundings that I find inspiring due to form, color, or texture. With clay as my medium of choice I then meticulously render by hand those elements, taking advantage of clay’s innate ability to mimic a wide variety of materials. I utilize trompe l’oeil as a stylistic choice to emphasize the concept that our understanding of the world is an illusion. The juxtaposition of natural and man-made features in combination with the skewing of scale, proportion, and material, helps in creating an altered perception – forcing the viewer to look closer.”
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