Salavat Fidai Creates Mini-Sculptures Out of Pencil Lead
All those pencils sitting on your desk or in your catch-all drawer in the kitchen? Fodder for marvelous sculptures. But not for the preliminary sketches, mind you. No, the graphite is to Russian artist Salavat Fidai what marble was to Michelangelo. Fidai carves incredible micro-sculptures into the lead of pencils. Using an X-Acto knife, Fidai hand-carves these tiny masterpieces on the tip of his finger. He supports his family through the sales of his mini pencil lead sculptures, which he lists on Etsy.com.
It’s hard to imagine how some artists can achieve such intricate detail on such a small scale. And it’s not just the size. We’re not talking metal here. Ever whittled a pencil down to a stub when trying to sharpen it? Patience, fortitude, focus. Hands of a surgeon.
The son of art teachers, Fidai is a lawyer, but was laid off last year. Fidai used the time to devote himself full-time to art, producing a variety of work in different mediums, including his miniature sculptures and paintings (on persimmon seeds!), photographs, and regular-size paintings. He customer base is mostly outside of Russia, where he says there is not much of a value for art these days. Most of his works sell to buyers from the United States, Australia and Europe.
Once again, we see creativity born out of a need to express and decompress. Truly, creativity is a beautiful thing.
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