We all love lumber sculptures, especially small, cute ones. No, not like the ones you are about to see. The ones we are about to show to you are avocado pits sculptures. Yes,they are.
The artist is named Jan Campbell and she is an artist that makes little handheld totems, pendants and a whole lot of fantastical, mystical figurines out of avocado pits. Her attention to details is unparalleled and the strange object of her art makes it even more stunning.
And it all began in 2014 the way great things happen, by a little coincidence. Campbell was making an avocado sandwich and she recalls: ““I felt reluctant to throw the avocado stone into the bin. I thought that it was too nice of an object to throw away. I decided to hold onto the stone so I could take my time thinking about what to do with it”.
Apparently, she carried it with her in her pocket and “when I accidentally scraped the surface of the stone with my nail, a beautiful deep orange pigment surfaced. It occurred to me then to try carving it.” She engraved the pit with a “strange little face” and let it dry. The result was much more like a wood sculpture and that set her on a new artistic path, a very innovative and unique one and we are glad she didn’t throw that avocado pit into the bin the first time.
You can now find her little sculptures on Etsy; she’s making them out of avocado stone and bronze and they look amazing. We might get to eat a lot more avocado sandwiches, maybe some artistic inspiration will come to us as well. Or maybe not. But until then, we will admire the beautiful pieces of modern sculpture by Jan Campbell. More info: Etsy | avocadostonefaces.com | Instagram
Artist Jan Campbell lives in County Mayo in West Ireland. She states on herself that she is happiest when in nature walking the forests and exploring. Carving for Campbell is a form of communication and much more than a hobby.
Self taught artist Jan feels connected to earlier human beings when she practice her carvings. She improved her skills by instincts and intuition and that’s why each sculpture is very personal and unique.