Japanese wood sculptor, Seiji Kawasaki, has taken woodcarving to a whole new level. He has created wooden food sculptures that look so real, you’d be forgiven for wanting to gobble them down.
In an interview with Bored Panda, the artist explained, “The person who looks at my work feels like eating them even though he knows that it is actually wood.
“I think that’s very interesting. I think at the same time, my work is also a fan art of food. I’m a fan of food,” he added.
From timber to driftwood, the artist works with almost all types of woody stems to create the mouthwatering sculptures. Some of his creations include wooden shrimps, potatoes chips, chocolate bars, brownies, and toast. He created series of ultra-realistic looking vegetables using the same material.
He revealed that it only takes him about 2-3 hours to carve up each of these delectable treats.
Kawasaki would first carve the shape, then proceed with intricate details, like the shrimp’s shell and tail. Finally, he paints the carvings to recreate the textural appearance of each food item.
Interestingly, his first artwork was created for his niece’s summer vacation homework. It was a perfect piece of ‘golden brown’ toast.
When Kawasaki revealed that the delicious-looking toast is, in fact, made out of a chunk of wood, it got a huge response on the internet. Many people left positive reviews and started following his Twitter account to see more of his work. Thus, began his dedication to the craft.
According to Buzzfeed Japan, Kawasaki’s wood-carving technique is mostly self-taught. He attended the School of Engineering at the Tohoku University, instead of an art school.
The artist has participated in prominent exhibitions all over Japan ever since he pursued a career in wood carving. Recently, he received the Special Jury Prize at the “Up-and-Coming Artists Exhibition vol.14” of Art Generation 2016.
Via BuzzFeed Japan