Stephan Balkenhol Frau im Korsett, 2015 Wood Sculpture: 165,5 x 24,5 x 29,5 cm Relief: 140 x 99 x 4 cm Unique Human beings have been at the center of Stephen Balkenhol’s art for more than thirty years. Quite often, ordinary people are at the center of his attention. Balkenhol stands firmly in the tradition of wood carvers and manages like no other in this medium to give new expression to human existence. His sculptures are at times gentle and made of hard wood, at times coarse and made of rather soft wood, and almost all of them consist of one single piece of wood. First, the sculptures are sawed from the woodblocks with chainsaws and are then peeled out with great precision with chisels and burins. Finally, the figures are painted. Despite their rough surface structure with protruding splinters, they are incredibly precise sculptures in human form.