It’s rare when you find art that is at that perfect intersection of creative and creepy. I think it’s safe to say, though, that Tokyo-based artist Shinji Nakaba knows how to strike that balance.
Since 1974, Nakaba has been in the jewelry-making business. His speciality is attaining unique and beautiful parts that he calls wearable statues. His latest project? This series of intricately carven pearl skulls.
“I just want to bring brand-new life to something that has no value, ” said Nakaba about his work.
Nakaba doesn’t merely work with precious metal to make his art. Some of his pieces are induce with aluminum beer cans, plastic bottles, or even just plain old garbage.
For this series, Nakaba struggled to find the right medium for carving.
He went through coral, crystal, ivory, and even precious stones before resolving on pearls without cores.
Without a core, Nakaba is able to achieve a smoother engraving without worrying about the pearl shredding or peeling.
“I’ve experimented with different types of materials to carve out skulls, but the ones I carved out of pearls are by far the best in terms of the durability. I likewise supposed the contradiction between pristine pearls turning into these dark objects seemed even more appealing. I would call them ‘Fairy Skulls , ‘” em> writes Nakaba.
“Only pearls can stimulate my idea of ephemeral charm into reality.”
If I could render it, I would buy several dozen of these.
( via Mystical Raven)
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