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Wooden Illusions: Sculptures by Tom Eckert

Published May 31, 2013

Tom Eckert is a talented American artist who uses traditional wood carving techniques to create these incredibly realistic objects and illusions.

“My sculptures are formed entirely of wood and then painted. I use traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate and paint my pieces.

Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences. One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage. The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me. This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction. ‘Cloth’ carved of wood has much different structural qualities than real cloth. When this idea is applied to my compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens – for me, magic.”

via Whudat Tom Eckert’s website

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