Artist carves haunting natural forms into discarded objects (Photos)

Maskull Lasserre© 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

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© 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

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.

Artist carves haunting natural forms into discarded objects (Photos)
There's more than one way to reuse old things -- this artist whittles new life into stuff he finds in Montreal's streets.

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