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"Carving a sculpture is definitely an arduous task – after all, there are no easy ways to correct your mistakes. This doesn’t stop Italian-born Peter Demetz from making expertly carved wooden sculptures of people. They are small, but surprisingly detailed. All the creases of clothing, all the curves of body and even loose strands of hair – nothing escapes his carving blade. The end result is of stunning craftsmanship, and very much life-like. Real people turned into wood.
The subject matter is quite interesting, too. The sculptures rarely ever face the viewer – their backs are turned, and their sight is either fixed on something far away, or on the ground. In effect, they look somewhat sad, standing still like that, but it also gives off a sort of photographic feeling. Like a photographer went and took pictures of people going about with their lives, and the backgrounds came out unfocused.
Eerie, it’s what I’m saying."