Brazilian sculptor Dalton Ghetti knows a thing or two about detail. Fostering a familiarity with tools since childhood, Ghetti has taken that familiarity and has made something meticulously unique.
Leaving behind the world of larger works, Ghetti’s pencil sculptures focuses on the small things — both literally and figuratively:
“At first, he carved large objects; but in 1986, as a challenge to himself and because of his interest in small living things, like plants (moss) and insects (spiders and ants), he decided to create the smallest possible carvings that he could see with his naked eyes. One day, he picked up a working pencil and started carving it.
His idea is to bring people’s attention to small things. Small is beautiful. Most of the pencils he uses are found on the streets and sidewalks. Dalton’s work is a recycling process. He turns discarded objects into art.” – Official Website.
Under a strong light source, Ghetti uses a sewing needle and a very sharp, triangular, small, metal blade to remove each speck of graphite. He works in small intervals of 1-2 hours a day, so it sometimes taken him month — even years! — to complete a piece. It may seem like a grueling task to some but for Ghetti, it’s a form of meditation.
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