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Surreal Masks: Ceramic Sculpture by Johnson Tsang

A wall-hanging sculpture of a face by Johnson TsangOpen Mind II

Sculptor Johnson Tsang deals with distorted versions of the human form, creating incredibly detailed yet surreal masks and bodily figures in ceramic. Tsang frequently employs childlike figures with cartoonishly large heads that tend to produce a sense of unease in the viewer.


A distorted face ceramic sculptureOpen Mind IV


Tsang exhibits an amazing level of control over his medium. His ceramic faces are generally pale, and sculpted with a sense of elasticity that goes beyond what one would expect in real life. Each of Tsang’s figures is imbued with a sense of life, especially those where they eyes are painted and glazed to be as shiny as what one would expect in real life.


This hyper-realistic aesthetic carries over into the artist’s recent works, which are a little more subdued in terms of color but not lacking in their textural appearance. These wall-hanging works are left in pale, cream-colored ceramic and unadorned with paint, leaving the viewer only the near-grotesque sense of stretching, melting skin that evokes a strange dream.  


A 2015 artwork by Johnson TsangSecurity Summit

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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