This Japanese Artist Does Something Amazingly Creepy And Artistic


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It's rare when you find art that is at that perfect intersection of creative and creepy. I think it's safe to say, though, that Tokyo-based artist Shinji Nakaba knows how to strike that balance.

Since 1974, Nakaba has been in the jewelry-making business. His speciality is making unique and beautiful pieces that he calls wearable sculptures. His latest project? This series of intricately carved pearl skulls.

“I just want to bring brand-new life to something that has no value,” said Nakaba about his work.

“I just want to bring brand-new life to something that has no value,” said Nakaba about his work.

Shinji Nakaba

Nakaba doesn't just work with precious metals to create his art. Some of his pieces are made with aluminum beer cans, plastic bottles, or even just plain old garbage.

Nakaba doesn't just work with precious metals to create his art. Some of his pieces are made with aluminum beer cans, plastic bottles, or even just plain old garbage.

Shinji Nakaba

Shinji Nakaba

For this series, Nakaba struggled to find the right medium for carving.

For this series, Nakaba struggled to find the right medium for carving.

Shinji Nakaba

He went through coral, crystal, ivory, and even precious stones before settling on pearls without cores.

He went through coral, crystal, ivory, and even precious stones before settling on pearls without cores.

Shinji Nakaba

Shinji Nakaba

Without a core, Nakaba is able to achieve a smoother carving without worrying about the pearl shredding or peeling.

Without a core, Nakaba is able to achieve a smoother carving without worrying about the pearl shredding or peeling.

Shinji Nakaba

“I’ve experimented with different types of materials to carve out skulls, but the ones I carved out of pearls are by far the best in terms of the durability. I also thought the contradiction between pristine pearls turning into these dark objects seemed even more appealing. I would call them 'Fairy Skulls,'" writes Nakaba.

“I’ve experimented with different types of materials to carve out skulls, but the ones I carved out of pearls are by far the best in terms of the durability. I also thought the contradiction between pristine pearls turning into these dark objects seemed even more appealing. I would call them 'Fairy Skulls<em>,'" </em>writes Nakaba.

Shinji Nakaba

"Only pearls can make my idea of ephemeral beauty into reality.”

"Only pearls can make my idea of ephemeral beauty into reality.”

Shinji Nakaba

If I could afford it, I would buy several dozen of these.

If I could afford it, I would buy several dozen of these.

Shinji Nakaba

(via Mystical Raven)

For more amazing “wearable sculptures," make sure to visit Nakaba's website here. You can also find him on Etsy and you can purchase pieces from him here!

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