"I think that such ‘ambivalent’ emotions can be embodied"
October 12, 2017 10:44 PM   Subscribe

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s sculptures include large intricate skeletal memento mori which achieve just what their titles describe—figures gripped by the bones beneath the skin. He also carves strange figures with multiple heads [making-of] which depict human indecision, ambiguity, the swinging change of mood daily wrought by life like an unmoored boat upon torturous seas. And then we have the split personalities or “glitches,” the two-head figures that capture “the hesitations or inconsistencies” that we can never answer.
posted by Johnny Wallflower (6 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Whoa, that's extraordinary.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 4:31 AM on October 13

These are fantastic and disturbing, but this one that flips around if you invert the colors of its photograph takes the cake. Totally brilliant.
posted by ejs at 4:52 AM on October 13 [1 favorite]

so creepy! and so fantastic!
posted by platitudipus at 8:54 AM on October 13

Ooh, I love this, they strike me a both melancholy and emotionally familiar. Thank you for the FPP.
posted by desuetude at 9:23 AM on October 13

Cool! I've seen some of the multi-face multi-head pieces. Spring Vanitas was especially creepy fascinating. But, I hadn't seen any of the skeleton works. Thank you!
posted by Gotanda at 5:42 PM on October 13

Wow, very cool! I didn't realize the scale of these until I clicked through.
posted by travertina at 6:23 AM on October 14

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