Clay sculptures with the texture of driftwood by Virginia-based artist Christopher David White. Using clay's highly malleable properties, White carves the clay using a number of tools to simulate the flow of the wood grain. As the clay hardens and begins to dry, brushes of varying thickness are used to create the wood grain's finer textures. At the later stages, White uses a craft knife and dental tools to add small details such as splintered edges, cracks and chipping. To give the sculpture its final color and look, he uses water-based paints to add shadow, highlights and color variations to the clay surface to give it depth and to further heighten the sense of realism.
With nature undergoing a perpetual transformation, everything derived from nature is subject to the same repetitive cycle of growth and decay—of life and death. Change is a constant reminder that permanence is the ultimate illusion. It is through the creation of hyperrealistic sculpture that I explore the relationship between nature, man, and the phenomenon of impermanence. I seek to expose the beauty that often results from decay while, at the same time, making my viewer question their own perception of the world around them.See more of Christopher David White's work on Instagram.