These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics

Christopher David White uses ceramic to create hyperrealistic works of art. His wood-like sculptures explore the relationship between life and decay.

Art has a way to play with our perception, our sense, and our imagination. Great art and artist can force us to rethink important ideas. The sculptor, Christopher David White does this elegantly through his transcendent casts.

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Do you have a favorite sculpture? Modern or classical?

Dating back to the beginning of man, humans have always enjoyed creating things with there hands. Every major civilization used some version of sculpture as a form of expression. Just flip to the History Channel, and you will find some of your favorite archeologists digging up sculptures from the ancient Byzantine empire.

Sculpture is a facet of the visual arts that operates in "three dimensions." The sky is the limit in what type of the materials you can choose to create your piece. Yet, most pieces use materials like stone, metal, ceramics, marble, and wood. No matter the material, the center of inspiration for most sculptures came down to religious expression. Of course, as time changed, sculptors found different materials and inspiration for there work, hoping to keep the centuries-old tradition of sculpting alive.

These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics
Source: Christopher David White 

Looking at Christopher David White's work, you are sure to be captivated by the work he does. However, if you take a closer look, you will realize that there is something more to White's work.

These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics
Source: Christopher David White 

Though the intricate sculptures may look like beautifully aged pieces of wood, they are not. White takes ceramics and meticulously molds them into the petrified looking pieces you see here.

These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics
Source: Christopher David White 
These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics
Source: Christopher David White 

Hailing from Indiana, the American artist impressively completes these projects by hand. “I am drawn to clay because of its innate ability to mimic a myriad of textures,” says White. “It is a soft and malleable material that can be fired and made hard as rock once I am finished with modeling. But at the same time, it is an incredibly fragile material." His use of x-acto knives and wire brushes allow him to create very textured pieces.

These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics
Source: Christopher David White 
These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics
Source: Christopher David White 

White beautifully merges the ideas of life and decay throughout all his work. “I’m interested in the fragility of life, both within ourselves and in nature,” says the artist. The beauty of life any and how it can transcend death carries on throughout his work. White's pieces take on the process of the decomposition of wood, rusted metal, and other objects.

These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics
Source: Christopher David White 

“Change is a constant reminder that permanence is the ultimate illusion,” writes the artist on his website.

These Hyperrealistic Sculptures That Look Like Wood Are Actually Made of Ceramics
Source: Christopher David White 

If you are captivated by Christopher David White's work and want to see more, check out his full portfolio here.

 

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