Cosmology of Life” Handcarved Needle-sized Wooden Sculptures by Toni Kanwa
Currently on exhibition at the Singapore Biennale 2013, Toni Kanwa presents unbelievably detailed and intricately designed needle-sized sculptures.
With the sculptures in number totaling 1000, each is uniquely handmade—a reflection of the Kanwa’s trademark, ritualistic process.
Cosmology of Life
Toni Kanwa 2013 Installation, wood
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2013
© Singapore Art Museum.
Consisting of intricately carved forms, some as small as a grain of sand, Cosmology of Life draws the viewers closer to study the assembly of miniature talisman like sculptures displayed in the Singapore Biennale 2013. Carved carefully from wood, these sculptures are intuitively shaped by the artist Toni Kanwa, addressing his expression of nature, spirituality and the macro and micro cosmos.
Toni’s creations begin with a special ritual of dialoguing with the materials used, as he believes that every material has its own character. Equipped with that sensitivity, he then follows the movement of energy from within the material, bringing out the life from within the work. The forms he carves embody signs or symbols that draw back to the natural cosmology. The human figure often becomes reference for these forms, as to Toni, the human body is the most perfect of God’s creations.
Cosmology of Life is not about the investigation and study of shapes and figures, but rather a manifestation of themes nature, spirituality, realms and the issues of the cosmos, presenting itself through different forms in the work. Toni’s work and creations often does not begin with a design or plan; instead its conception follows the flow of the artist’s intuition and instinct.
Enclose. Single-channel video 11 hours 2005. This video work deals with ideas of isolation, security, shelter and of shaping one’s own environment. The video …Crocheting a Cocoon
This video work deals with ideas of isolation, security, shelter and of shaping one’s own environment. The video documents an eleven-hour performance during which I crocheted myself into a cocoon using red yarn. I crocheted continuously without breaks and the video shows the entire performance in real-time.
Watch the Video:
140210 This is Infinite filming
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