This imposing but abject figure was carved from the trunk of a lime tree using a chisel and chainsaw. The surface of the sculpture bears the gouged and hacked traces of the artist's physical battle with the wood. The use of carving has many antecedents in German history, from the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer in the sixteenth century, to the deliberately exaggerated and distorted Expressionist works of the early twentieth century.
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