Hauntingly Surreal Sculptures of Split Figures Holding Hands

Figurative Sculpture Bronze Sculpture Surreal Art Anders Krisar

Renowned for his surreal approach to figurative sculpture, artist Anders Krisár explores the duality of human nature in his work. Though the multidisciplinary artist experiments with various motifs and mediums, his bronze sculpture series features his most revisited theme: the human body split in half, right down the middle.

Each of Krisár's split sculptures demonstrates the artist's unconventional approach to figurative forms. In some cases, entire bodies are bisected, culminating in two nearly identical halves of full figures. For other pieces, Krisár simply slices already-fragmented torsos into even smaller fractions. Whether halved humans or dismembered body parts, many of Krisar's pieces poignantly reconnect by holding hands, giving the illusion of two separate identities.

In addition to their surreal forms, the lustrous sculptures also exhibit an otherworldly aesthetic. This is achieved by Krisár's thoughtful choice in materials. Cast in bronze and polished with a patina, each piece features a shiny surface that perfectly captures and reflects the light. This unique luster accentuates the bodies' realistic details while also emphasizing their fascinating surrealism—an impressive aspect prevalent in Krisár's entire oeuvre.

In his bronze sculpture series, artist Anders Krisár experiments with the human body.

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Each split figurative sculpture exhibits both lifelike details and a surreal aesthetic.

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Krisár's sculptures feature a common theme of pairs with interlocked hands.

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The two figures appear to be two halves with an unbreakable bond.

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Krisáe also creates stoic sculptures of split individual figures that look lost without their other half.

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All images via Anders Krisár.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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