Ryan Matthew: Sliced Skulls
I hate to bid goodbye to the Ryan Matthew theme week because it’s been a blast, but I suppose all good things must come to and end.
Behold this recent creation: a human skull sliced into six sections, mounted on handmade metal fixtures.
The adjustable sections fan out from a central point, and the corresponding split mandible rests on its own stand below.
Apparently the human skull, when cut, produces a staggering amount of dust (coveted by certain collectors…nothing goes to waste).
The remarkable cross sections allow one to view the inner and outer structure of the cranial bones. I love looking at the spatial relationships, varying density, and tiny nuances that (most of us) rarely fixate upon. Like the exploded skulls, these would make phenomenal educational tools.
I see a great deal of potential in this technique, for personal and professional purposes. There was even brief talk of constructing models that incorporate soft tissue specimens (I might have audibly squealed with delight at the idea…I hope not).
This piece is currently under glass, in the center of Ryan’s dining room table…a perfect spot, and fabulous dinner company.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Ryan, he’s not likely to rest on his osteological laurels. His focus, dedication and skills are are highly commendable. I have no doubt that we can expect countless incredible undertakings in the months and years to come.
Brilliant work, all around. It’s been an honor.
(Photos by Sergio Royzen)