SÓHA Concept
SÓHA is the project of artist Den Milovanov.

Denis Milovanov produces wooden sculptures employing chainsaw and chisel as sole instruments of his practice. Reclaimed oak is carefully chosen, hand-processed and boiled in linseed oil in accordance with traditional Russian woodwork principles that help expelling moisture from the wood, increase its durability and provide a reserved and deep palette of color to the finish: from light hazel to pitch-black charcoal.

Gray, seasoned wooden temples with intricate ancestral carvings in abandoned villages of Northern Russia constitute the main visual reference for the artist. Hand-picked material for the sculptures comes from fallen or naturally withered oak trees to retain the notion of organic life cycle. Resulting pieces resemble neo-primitivist totems covered with an expressive and hypnotic scarring from the masterful use of chainsaw.