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Whimsical Japanese Wood Carvings

| Museum , Art

Mysterious. Vulnerable. Adorable. These are just a few of the words one might use to describe the work of sculptor Moe Nakamura. The 31-year-old Tokyo-based artist creates imaginative sculptures of child-like figures, carving each out of single blocks of wood.

After obtaining her MFA from Joshibi University of Art and Design in 2012, Nakamura has been showing her work in Japan and Asia for the last several years. Her latest exhibition, “remember you,” is currently on display at Gallery Tsubaki in Tokyo through September 7, 2019.

Each of the sculptures seem to portray a child-like figure in a costume or mask that they wear as if they were born with them. Most are the size of a child: between 2.5 and 3 feet. They are either propped up on pedestals or, in some cases, low to the ground and you must kneel to get up close. One piece, “Hour to the dawn,” stands out in its towering scale. At over 6 feet tall, the sculpture, which depicts the classic prank of children trying to appear taller by standing on each other’s shoulders behind a screen, eclipses the height of most gallery visitors.

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