Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki ((before) carves moody, ambivalent, and even contradicting feelings into his figurative sculptures that embody a range of emotions. The wooden figures have a surreal shape with multiple limbs, double facial features, and recurring faces that wrap completely around their bodies. Whether conveyed through kaleidoscopic or blurred techniques, each portrait “expresses the dignity of life as a human being, the hatred and harassment of people and the importance of environmental awareness,” explains the artist:
It is the hesitation, the contradiction, the two-sidedness or the multi-sidedness, the double standard. These are the problems that all people have, and I express them as sculptures under the term “ambivalence”. I want to portray a modern person who visualizes the “ambivalent” state that everyone has.
Kanemaki lives in Nagareyama City and is currently modifying one of his older works, Memento Mori, to deepen his emotions and add complexity. Discover an archive of his faulty figures below Fuma Contemporary Tokyo.
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