New Woodcarving Video of Framed Face

Time-Lapse Woodcarving of face (eyes & nose) from John Chismar on Vimeo.

The sculpture “sHe” is an exploration into masculine and feminine facial characteristics. My desire to identify gender specific traits increases with my deeper understanding of human anatomy. While examining faces of random people I attempt to isolate features which determine attractiveness and gender. I imagine a face without makeup, facial hair or other superficial trimmings as a mental exercise to study facial topography.

The uniform coloration of the wood and the cropping of the nose and eyes playfully disguises the subject. The gender and attractiveness of the model is determined by the perception of the viewer. The interactive quality of this sculpture holds the attention of the observer and invites repeat consideration.

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