Surreal Porcelain Sculptures Stretch and Distort Human Faces

Open Mind surreal face sculpture by Johnson Tsang

Mind-bending artist Johnson Tsang is back with a new series of surreal porcelain sculptures. In line with his playful art, the Open Mind series is whimsical, yet emotionally revealing. Here, the Hong Kong-based sculptor makes porcelain look like Silly Putty, as the minds of human faces stretch and transform shape.

As a self-taught artist—Tsang served 13 years on the Royal Police Force before turning to art in 1991—he has mastered many techniques. Yet clay remains his preferred medium. Molding it into a piece of his subconscious, the results are surreal sculptures that defy explanation.

With their eyes closed and faces serene, each figure seems to be lost in a dream. Are the visual oddities springing from theirs minds a symbol of what they're dreaming about? In Tsang's world, all is possible. Each face morphs into whatever the master sculptor wishes, molded to rubbery perfection.

For Tsang, it's the moment of creation that is the most thrilling as an artist. Open Mind, which is a commissioned series, is just another problem for the artist to solve. “I feel excited when building an idea in my mind. I find peace of mind when I touch clay. I feel satisfied when a problem is solved,” Tsang shares. “I feel grateful when the mission is completed. Then, I feel that I love it more than ever. So I feel excited to start the next project”

These rubbery faces appear to be made of Silly Putty, but are actually surreal sculptures fashioned from porcelain.

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All images via Johnson Tsang.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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