Italian artist Aron Demetz uses traditional woodcarving techniques to create these awesome sculptures of human bodies that are perfectly smooth in some places and covered in the raised texture of the wood’s grain in others. Their unusual appearance provokes an intensely tactile response in the viewer. They are at once beautiful, fascinating, and distinctly unsettling.

From a distance these figures appear to be in the process of shedding layers of skin, but when viewed up close it’s clear that the textures are still very much a part of their bodies. Aron’s sculptures are a thought-provoking fusion of humanity and nature. The textures of these pieces make our own skin crawl while we desperately want to touch them at the same time.

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