Hiroto Nakanishi’s woodware

Retrieving life from the dead




The woodwares made by Hiroto Nakanishi are best to be set against a pure white backdrop, as the void is the best medium to reveal the firm yet gentle energy of the life that was retrieved from the decayed.

Cracks are formed on trees under the beating of wind and rain, but these scars only give the wood a more mature and profound charm. Although Nakanishi usually creates with dead wood, he never sees it simply as a material; instead, he sees it as his mentor. He never uses the dead wood to merely execute a predesigned concept, rather, he would first observe in minute detail its growth rings and the curve of its wounds, before creating something to best unleash the intrinsic beauty of that piece of wood. His works depict the aesthetics of lives that were once dead. After carving the wood into different items, he would sometimes leave the products outdoors to let them further deteriorate by rain and sunshine. The process allows every item to acquire an even genuine color and unique charisma.

I personally own a wooden plate made by Hiroto Nakanishi but I never use it as a container for food. By turning dead wood into various containers and tableware, Nakanishi perhaps treats his works more as daily utensils rather than mere sculptures. The beauty of utilitarian is somehow resisting that of non-utilitarian, the dilemma, in turn, gives birth to a more substantial beauty.