You might have trouble believing it at a first glance, but these sculptures by Arizona-based artist Tom Eckert are made entirely out of wood! Tom carves all the pieces, then laminates and paints the whole thing after putting it together. He mostly uses linden, limewood and basewood, and all the traditional laminating and painting techniques. That’s when you realize that it’s pure talent and patience that makes these pieces so unique!
A beautiful and recurring detail in Tom’s sculptures is pieces of cloth, draped over another object. They give you serious trouble believing that the sculptures are wooden: each imitation of a cloth falls gently and seems to be practically weightless. “By tradition, cloth has been widely used to conceal and shroud objects in practices ranging from advertising to church rituals. Covered forms are often more evocative – with a sense of mystery absent from the uncovered object by itself,” explains Tom.
Tom’s aspiration to create such wooden illusions comes from his childhood: “Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences. “Cloth” carved of wood has much different structural qualities than real cloth. When this idea is applied to my compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens – for me, magic.” And magic is not and overstatement in this case!