Mondays, Maggie Muses: 3 Amazing Paper Sculptors

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

I am very drawn to paper art.   I love the way paper can transform itself from a flat object into a 3 dimensional sculpture when labored by the hands of a talented artist.  The vision and the patience that one must have to see something more than just a flat piece of paper and turn into a wonderful object that captures your imagination is so inspiring.

Take for example the artist from Columbia, Diana Beltran Herrera.  Her birds look like they will be able to sing or take flight at any moment.  “Herrera’s work seeks to explore the chillingly disengaged relationship between humans and nature in modern society. Using paper as her primary medium she is able to present notions of temporality and change, emphasizing the process of transformation that continuously occur in nature as well as mankind.”

Patty Grazini’s paper sculptures are “inspired by the beauty and mystery of recapturing forgotten moments and scenes from history.”   She researches history and collects ephemera from her travels to create unique sculptures that capture the imagination of what it might have been like to live in that time.  Each one of her sculptures is given a name and has a story to tell, each one entirely made of paper.

Anna-Wili Highfields’s sculptures are stitched together from archival cotton paper. “Her works explore the organic qualities and resistance of paper, generating a tension between the complex realism of form and the limitations and economy of the materials used. They represent animal life in an immediate way that conveys the energy, movement and physical character of different creatures.”

To view  and read more about these talented artists click on the links below. All images by Diana Beltran Herrera, Patty Grazini and Anna-Wili Highfield.

Diana Beltran Herrera

Patty Grazini

Anna-Wili Highfield

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