Artist carves haunting natural forms into discarded objects (Photos)

© Maskull Lasserre

Art is not necessarily something ensconced within the confines of a gallery -- sometimes, it's found in the mundane of the everyday. From ephemeral works done in sand or snow, approaches can vary, but Montreal-based artist Maskull Lasserre, for instance, takes ordinary, discarded objects from the urban environment and transforms and reuses them by carving incredibly detailed, natural forms into them.

A lot of the pieces rely on an element of the unexpected, requiring one to look much closer than usual, whether it's at the corner of a door, or at the haft of an old axe sitting on a chair.

© Maskull Lasserre
© Maskull Lasserre
© Maskull Lasserre
© Maskull Lasserre

Though the forms -- which include animal skeletons and human skulls) may initially seem haunting, Lasserre's intention is to give the objects new life, as he explains in this interview:

When the remnants of life are imposed on an object, and that’s true especially with the carving work that I do, it infers a past history or a previous life that had been lived, so again where people see my work as macabre, I often see it as hopeful, as the remnants of a life. Despite the fact that the life has ended, at least that life had a beginning and middle as well, so often by imparting these bodily elements to inanimate objects it reclaims or reanimates them in a virtual way.

Lasserre also works with old instruments, revealing their secret mass in his meticulous whittling.

© Maskull Lasserre
© Maskull Lasserre
© Maskull Lasserre

Some of Lasserre's work definitely has an element of humour, like these human shoes outfitted with animal tracks on their soles.

© Maskull Lasserre
© Maskull Lasserre

Ultimately, Lasserre's imaginative work shows that whether we realize it or not, even ordinary objects have a story to tell, transmuting the ordinary into the extraordinary. More over at Maskull Lasserre's website.

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