Perth, Australia-based artist Paul Kaptein presents a stunning body of work, made up of elaborately hand-carved wooden sculptures. Spending hundreds of hours on a single piece, he manages to create poetic artworks that riff on the Sanskrit term “sunyata.” Translated into English as emptiness, voidness or openness, it describes in particular the Buddhist way to achieve wholeness. By leaving clearly visible gaps in his busts and entire recreations of the human body, he challenges the viewer to appreciate and accept something that is not complete or even flawed in some people’s eyes.
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