Twisted Forms | Xavier Puente Vilardell
The primordial gesture is the circle. Every child will have the tendency to draw curves, not angled lines, so it’s only natural that, once we grow up, we still have an affinity for curved shapes. Brussels – based sculptor Xavier Puente Vilardell transforms blocks of wood into twirling objects. The artist states that working with wood requires a profound respect for the living creature that was once a tree, and of the specific characteristics of the wood.
The sculptor was very influenced by the pine forests near the Mediterranean Sea, by their specific smell, and by the reflections of the minerals and sand that are left on the wood’s appearance. He wanted to give the wood a new life, while being true to the original form.
Vilardell’s multiple curvature blends with the material’s properties in a manner that his sculptures seem not man – made, but natural born shapes. His approach is sensual, in the sense that you can almost feel the texture of the wood only by looking at the sculptures.