Snail on chestnut, 2019. Boxwood, antler and urushi with horn inlay (snails eyes). Chestnuts in the autumn months are unavoidable in Japan. Their use in different Japanese art and crafts is frequent, with great variety in their interpretation and rendition. Having carved this subject matter before and having enjoyed the challenge I wanted to revisit it using different techniques and materials. The end results are more delicate and refined, creating a harmonious and tactile sculpture.
Images courtesy of Robert Willford