- Anke Nunheim
Keisuke Tanaka takes a distinctive approach in wood sculpture and creates natural landscapes. He delicately carves and paints his works until they appear almost pastoral at first glance. However, he considers mountains, one of his most frequently used motifs, as the place where life begins and terminates, while his work deeply deals with life and death as the central theme. Tanaka says: ‘The scenery carved in the artwork invites the viewer into himself. As well as feeling the flourishing woods before him, the viewer would look down at himself hiking on the trail. I intend to make my work an instrument to have a view of one’s life from birth to death, seeing a mountain trail as human life’.