I know I have posted about paper cut art and illustration before, but this kind of work always blows me away. Especially when it is executed as well as it is by Australian artist Lisa Rodden.
Rodden creates these simple yet detailed works by cutting, layering, painting and folding paper to create some really amazing visuals that morph and change as you move around them. The shadow and color that peak through the cuts in the surface create an intriguing feeling where the images almost feel alive. This is really wonderful stuff. Rodden’s work is represented by Koskela in Sydney, so if you are down under I suggest you stop in and check this work out.
“There is a grace and beauty in fish that you cannot find in anything else. The slow, fluid motion as they glide through the water, fins and tail rippling softly as they go. They’re hypnotic, even healing, to watch. In Japanese (and Chinese) culture, the Koi represents courage, strength and perseverance, among other things. There is a tale about the brave Koi that swims upstream against the strong currents enduring many hardships and overcoming many obstacles. Finally it reaches the waterfall and as it jumps through it transforms into a magnificent dragon symbolising advancement and aspiration.
This work offers hope through strength. It is a reminder that with perseverance and patience we are able to work through the hardships in life to emerge stronger, wiser and better for it. It is also a work in peace and flow allowing the mind to wander and to daydream which should be given as much priority as food but is usually dismissed.”
The new bird feeder in the backyard has made me a little obsessed this summer with my new feathered friends. Anyone that follows me on Instagram is probably aware of this do to the number of images I have been posting.
This afternoon at lunch I came across the paper sculptures of birds by Diana Beltran Herrera. There are 20 images are below, and the link will take you to her website which is currently down thanks to a traffic overload.
I love the fact that so many of these capture the birds in flight, and I love she has captured the life essence with in them, freezing the movements and interactions perfectly. Amazing stuff.
I love paper sculptures. I have since I was a kid. I think it all comes back to that thing of cutting out shapes, gluing stuff together, getting all hands on and making something.
Jonathan Brand’s latest exhibit titled “One Piece at a Time” is a paper sculpture of a 1969 Ford Mustang that has been disassembled and shown as a sum of it’s parts. Brand’s method is a bit more high tech than the way I used to make paper sculptures. Brand starts with 3D drawings on a computer which are printed on a large format ink jet printer, then cut folded and glued together.
No matter how he creates, these the end result is really nice. For more info on his process and the exhibit, check out his site here.
If you re unfamiliar with Jeff Nishinaka’s work, check out the slide show below. Beautifully crafted paper sculptures that take hours to create and exhibit a level of skill that is beyond most of our comprehension.
Los Angeles based paper sculptor Jeff Nishinaka has gained international recognition in the past 15 years through his unique representational 3-dimensional art forms. Nishinaka has been commissioned to create sculptures for private collectors, publishers, and multi-media clients.
Nishinaka received an honor in 1992 from the Dimensional Illustrators Awards Show in New York and has exhibited in both the United States and Japan.
I am always impressed when I see artwork that requires meticulous amounts of detail work. I’m probably impressed because I tend to be the kind of artist/designer that gets “Attention to detail”, but would have a hard time spending hours cutting out paper sculptures by hand. This is even worse now that I have spent the last 20 years working primarily with computer generated stuff.
American artist Jill Sylvia creates intensely detailed paper sculptures, cutting sections of paper by hand with a xacto knife. The works are absolutely amazing and range from buildings, to meticulously cut balance sheets from accounting books. Each cut is a precision movement that is executed with the accuracy of a laser. I have no idea how long these take to produce, but I can guarantee they are time-consuming, and the end result is just wonderful.