Sculptor Johnson Tsang pushes realism’s boundaries in his sculptures of faces that are stretched and opened up in surreal ways.
The Hong Kong-based artist’s work features surreal contortions that squish, wring, melt, and stretch.
His creativeness suggests an exploration of the limited space between the conscious and subconscious.
Between the self and other.
Tsang uses plain, unglazed clay, letting go of such typical details such as hair and skin color to focus the viewer’s attention on the expressions of his imagined subjects.
Although Tsang grew up poor and worked both in the trades and as a policeman, he says he has always been in love with art.
“The clay seemed so friendly to me, it listened to every single word in my mind and did exactly I was expecting. Every touch was so soothing. I feel like I was touching human skin.”