Vietnam native Diem Chau's sculptures are improbable from the start. There's no way it's possible, you'd think, to carve a gazelle on the tip of a pencil. But she does, and not just gazelles. Here's a fly, there's a chameleon. And not just on pencils. She has a whole series of crayon sculptures, too, depicting each letter of the alphabet and its representative figure--U is for urchin, H is for handstand. Yet her work prompts delight beyond technique. Pencils and crayons are creative tools and Chau's work suggests they have yearnings of their own: "I've always wanted to be a koala," says the green crayon; "Please remake me as an iguana," says orange.
Images courtesy of Diem Chau.
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