Maskull Lasserre is a Canadian artist that is re-carving old common objects and turning them into artistic pieces. He extracts the most delicate anatomical forms of humans and animals from common objects.
Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through allegories of value, expectation, and utility. Elements of nostalgy, accident, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.
The artist finds old wood sculptures on sidewalks or in thrift stores and, by removing just a bit amount of material in precisely the right spots, reveals an internal bone and muscle structure that was designed by his imagination.
Lasserre’s skill as a carver is surprising, but it’s his ability to look at the mundane and see complexity, to transform an anonymous object into “something”, and to elevate something that no one wanted into something extremely precious.
He has exhibited across Canada, in the United States and in Europe, including at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.