To Christine Kaiser, her carved and shaped wood sculptures are fairy tales, fashioned with elements of cartoons, animation, stills and dreams. (Above: where I would be if I weren’t with you, 21″ x 15.75″ x 3.75″)
The large wall pieces are on birch plywood panels or set in antique boxes. She paints the works with layers of water based paint, graphite and pencil drawing and finishes with matte varnish. (Above: Floating, 16.5″ x 21″ x 2″)
For each piece, wood planks are cut on a band saw, shaped on a sander, and carved with rotary and hand tools. The small additional parts are glued and pegged, followed by hand sanding. (Above: Mr. Stripey Legs, 7.5″ x 7.75″ x 6.5″)
-Above and Below, works for the Smithsonian Craft Show, earlier this year.
Christine Kaiser attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and received her BFA from Tufts University. She worked for many years at a Boston Gallery repairing painted and metal sculpture. The work was exacting and required almost obsessive attention to detail. Kaiser believes that position was where she learned many of the skills that are used in her current work. She has been a full-time studio artist since 1995.
Christine Kaiser’s website, here.
A good profile by Woodworkers Institute, with more examples of her work, here.