Drawing inspiration from Renaissance artists, Sam Jinks uses his training in special effects for film and television to create sculptures more abnormally realistic than anything you'd find in a wax museum.
It's all thanks to the Melbourne-based artist's choice of materials -- a combination of silicon, human hair, fiberglass, resin, and calcium carbonate -- and, of course, his incredible attention to detail. The works are inspired by people he knows in real life and modeled on photographs, but posed in ways that mimic very brief moments in time, such as a woman's hand resting on her chest or a man's head turned down to examine his surroundings. Each body is imperfect and vulnerable.
"I’d like to think that the viewer would feel something after viewing the work," Jinks told Australian Edge. "Maybe see something that they can relate to in their own lives."
Jinks begins by sculpting a model in clay. He then casts the model in silicon, adds touches of color and places each hair on the body with tweezers. His sculptures stand out from classical variations since they're neither larger than life nor smaller than it -- instead, the artist uses scale and realism to create a sense of shared intimacy with the viewer.
(All images courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Australia.)
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