Ryo Shimizu has proven himself to be an artist to watch this week with his brilliant puzzle-piece art. The newest addition to his portfolio is the Ryo Shimizu Matchstick drawing; a cleverly assembled human shell made entirely of matches.
The vision, dedication and attention to detail required to create such a complex structure is beyond comparison, but whatever his method, Shimizu's elaborate artwork will certainly not go unnoticed.
The Japanese-born artist describes his inspirations: "I have a particular interest in the customs and practices of Japanese people, the relationship between history and modern society, and between the self and others. The medium of expression of those relationships branches widely across images, photographs, sculptures, and installations."
This statement speaks volumes about the diversity and infinite possibilities involved in Shimizu's work and is an indicator of an artist who is on fire! Here's hoping this particular work doesn't light up the way his career has.
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