If You See These Sinister Figures In The Forests Of Japan, They’ll Make Your Blood Run Cold

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Image: Nagato Iwasaki

Iwasaki’s “Torso” sculptures are at once beautiful and strange. There’s something about a human figure combined with other forms that can make us feel a little uneasy. This sense of disquiet is amplified in this case by the artist’s use of driftwood, which resembles bones and organs with its natural curves and bumps.

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Image: Nagato Iwasaki

These photographs display Iwasaki’s installations in a forest location, ready to surprise an unsuspecting explorer. Indeed, they seem to be a natural part of the environment. At times they almost appear to be stepping out of the trees themselves like mythological wood sprites. And whether they are benign creatures or the malevolent spirits of a Japanese horror movie depends on how you interpret them.

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