Grain: Figure Sculptures in Wood

Tyler Ostrander's avatar Tyler Ostrander

The human body is a beautiful, complex structure, and a subject that every person has a connection with. These sculptures are, on one level, simply studies of the human form and an invitation to appreciate the natural beauty inherent within the figure. Beyond the physical, these pieces are an exploration of the internal – what makes us human and alive. // Using wood as the medium for these sculptures is an essential component of the works. Wood is an organic material that shows physical evidence of life and of time passing. The grain of the wood produces mesmerizing patterns that trace over the contours of the figures, mimicking veins and arteries that carry blood inside the body. As the wood is exposed to the air, checks – or cracks – form as the wood opens up to breathe. The wood begins to come back to life through the transformation from log to sculpture.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: varies (1-2 ft)
  • Medium: Black Walnut Wood
  • Width: varies (1-2 ft)
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: varies (1-2 ft)