Incredible sculptures that you'd mistake for wood are actually crafted from clay

In his series Human:Nature, American artist Christopher David White – featured previously – has crafted new sculptural pieces that look as though they were carved from wood, but are in fact made from clay. Inspired by nature, which goes through a constant cycle of growth and decay, White's beautiful work reminds us of the sheer delicacy of life.

He explains: “Change is a constant reminder that permanence is the ultimate illusion. It is through the creation of hyper-realistic 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.

"The juxtaposition of natural and man-made features in combination with the skewing of scale, proportion, and material, helps in creating an altered perception – forcing the viewer to look closer.”

Based in Virginia, White graduated with a BFA in Ceramics at Indiana University in 2012, and went on to study an MFA in Craft & Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where he now lives and works. Discover more at christopherdavidwhite.com.

Via BoredPanda | All images courtesy of the artist

Within Arm's Reach | Christopher David White

Within Arm's Reach | Christopher David White

Within Arm's Reach | Christopher David White

Within Arm's Reach | Christopher David White

First Contact | Christopher David White

First Contact | Christopher David White

First Contact | Christopher David White

First Contact | Christopher David White

First Contact | Christopher David White

First Contact | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

An Apple a Day | Christopher David White

Burning from Within | Christopher David White

Burning from Within | Christopher David White

Burning from Within | Christopher David White

Burning from Within | Christopher David White

Burning from Within | Christopher David White

Burning from Within | Christopher David White

Burning from Within | Christopher David White

Burning from Within | Christopher David White