Japanese sculptor Misato Sano carves dogs with just enough deliberate derp to be utterly charming. I love how their chisel marks give the impression that they’ve just been to a not-very-skilled groomer.
“When I make a work, I express the multifacetedness [sic] of a woman (myself and an object of admiration) as a dog. Dogs are always loyal to their masters. As a form emerges stroke by stroke, I feel like my little worries are melting away. Dogs are always the motif of my works. I express myself and the people I admire through the forms of dogs. Although these are visual expressions of dogs, they represent human beings.”– Misato Sano
As much as I like Sano’s dogs’ funny, dumpy shapes, it’s their facial expressions I’m enjoying the most. They look really believable to me.