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Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Soul of Wood: Bruno Walpoth
Bruno Walpoth is an Italian sculptor whose wood carving has had me transfixed for months. These are just a few examples of his meditative human forms which, to my mind at least, have something of Renaissance and Medieval religious sculpture about them, not in the way that work would have looked when new but how it sometimes looks now with the paint gone and gesso and clawing chisel marks exposed. There is more of his work to be seen at his website and, in particular, the Hermaphrodite sculpture is worth looking at. In an article in Sculpture Review, Walpoth is quoted as saying that he wants the viewers of his sculpture to be convinced these objects have souls, something in which he completely succeeds as far as I'm concerned.
I am a bookcollector, bookdealer, publisher and writer living in Portsmouth on the South Coast of the UK.
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