Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s New, Mind-Bending Figurative Sculptures


The sculptures of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki bend and distort the individual form. Often utilizing the repetition of decorative features as a means to explore the endless emotions contained within a subject, his use of wood adds complexity to both the texture of his figures as well as the skill needed.

"(Every day), all types of the good or bad communications we are faced with produce many question marks in my head," he said, at a translated interview with Elsa Art Gallery at Taipei. "And that I gain inspiration. These ideas don't take shape from the beginning, but rather brew with specificity from the head until the inspiration for sculpting ripens. My work, to sum it all up, is the process of transferring the question marks in my mind to the shapes in these sculptures."