This Artist Carves Wooden Sculptures So Realistic You’d Think They’re Living People

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Image: Peter Demetz

It’s almost like walking unseen into a neighbor’s house during their most intimate moments. Upstairs, the parents are drying themselves following a private shared bath, while in the next room the daughter reflects upon her figure in the mirror; downstairs, meanwhile, someone prepares to leave. But this is not life; this is art. Specifically, these are the incredibly realistic wooden sculptures of award-winning artist Peter Demetz. Each individual piece has captured a very unique moment in time, added to by the amazingly accurate stances and authentic details of the subjects. But there is sorrow here, too, and the viewer is left with a disquieting sense of sadness and nostalgia.

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Image: Peter Demetz

For Demetz, emotion is paramount. Indeed, his work is about capturing a precise feeling rather than the intricate process of carving. His biggest inspiration is the realization that body language represents the most truthful expression of human interaction. He believes he can understand a person’s emotional state more through their body language than any other form of communication, and it shows in these sculptures.

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Image: Peter Demetz

The pieces depict men, women and children in usually stark backgrounds. Moreover, the detail in the figures is such that even wrinkles in the fabric of clothing or waves of hair pop out at the viewer. And the audience is further ushered into the scenes by characters that are predominantly lost in thought, which allows subjective meanings to be deduced.

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