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What Lies Beneath: Skeletons Carved into Daily Objects

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Creatures massive and small seem to have eaten their way out of the confinement of each day things like rolling pins, axes, pianos and chairs in the hands of Montreal-primarily based artist Maskull Lasserre. Previously recognized for his outstanding skulls carved into the pages of books, Lasserre now reveals sudden existence (and death) inside wooden objects.

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Lasserre has carved crow skeletons, vulture skulls, rats, beetles and even a human ear out of identified objects, frequently stacking a lot more than one item together to produce the illusion that the sculpture is emerging from the wood. According to his CV, Lasserre’s sculptures “explore the unexpected prospective of the everyday and its linked structures of authority, class, and value.”

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“Elements of nostalgia, allegory, humor and the macabre are incorporated into functions that induce strangeness in the acquainted, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.”

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In a two-part video interview with Liana Voia, Lasserre explains “When the remnants of life are imposed on an object, and that is accurate specially with the carving perform that I do, it infers a past background or a preceding life that had been lived, so once more exactly where folks see my operate as macabre, I usually see it as hopeful, as the remnants of a existence.”

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“Despite the truth that the existence has ended, at least that existence had a beginning and middle as effectively, so often by imparting these bodily components to inanimate objects it reclaims or reanimates them in a virtual way.”

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