Fraser Smith

If you find that you’re the only person in the world that does what you do… There’s probably a really good reason for that. I make trompe l’oeil wood sculptures depicting items made of fabric or leather.

My subject matter is drawn from things that we tend to cherish even after they are no longer useful; an old jacket that may not fit anymore, but we still keep it in the back of the closet, quilts, farmer’s hats, and other items we might want to keep simply for the memories they hold. I want the works to look like things that have been used, and that through contact with the user some subtle impression is left. In some respects, the patina is more important than the carved object.

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