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Sculptors have been trying to make their work as lifelike as possible for thousands of years. This dedication to realism dates back to the ancient artists of Egypt and Greece, through the Renaissance, and up until today. Typically, when you think “lifelike,” you think of a beautiful portrait captured in stone that looks like it could start breathing and moving at any moment.

Then there”s the work of Italian artist and sculptor Alessandro Boezio. It”s lifelike, alrightmaybe a little too lifelike. You can picture them moving, but you probably don”t want to.

Mano in Piedi

<i>Mano in Piedi</i>

Esalfa

<i>Esalfa</i>

Hermaphroditus

<i>Hermaphroditus</i>

Using various materials, including clay and fiberglass, Boezio creates bizarre sculptures using bits and pieces of human anatomy arranged in various ways. Collections of a dozen or more fingers come together to resemble centipedes, while disembodied legs are joined to create a crab-like creature.

The attention paid to the details of muscles, nails, and bones makes the sculptures seem to be pulsing with life. Though in this case, the fact like they look like they could scurry away at any moment makes the viewer recoil.

Chaos

<i>Chaos</i>

Decidite

<i>Decidite</i>

Equilibrio Aureo

<i>Equilibrio Aureo</i>

Though they”re obviously just sculptures, it”s hard not to feel a little shudder when you take these sculptures in. Boezio takes familiar, non-scandalous parts of the human bodyfingers and legsand rearranges them into an unfamiliar shape. The clash of the familiar body parts with the bizarre rearrangement is what makes our reactions so strong.

Dodicidite

<i>Dodicidite</i>

Equilibrio Aureo

<i>Equilibrio Aureo</i>

Iblis

<i>Iblis</i>

Diciottidite

<i>Diciottidite</i>

(via Hi Fructose)

Despite the creepy-crawliness of his work, Boezio likes to approach his sculpture with a sense of humor, as well as the idea that nothing, not even the human body, is sacred in art. “Everything can be transformed, everything can be reused, everything is readaptable,” he says.

Boezio”s other work includes explorations of modern times and technology, and you can see it on his website (it”s not as creepy, don”t worry). You can also check out his work on Facebook.

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