Paper artists continue to find new ways to transform the two-dimensional medium into captivating creations. Danish artist and architect Peter Callesen uses ordinary sheets of white A4 paper to construct miniature buildings and structures that look like replicas of the real thing.
“By removing all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 sheet of paper for my designs, I feel like I have found a material that we can all relate to, and at the same time, the sheet of A4 paper is neutral and open to fill with a different meaning,” Callesen tells My Modern Met. “The thin white paper and small scale of the paper gives the paper sculptures a fragility that emphasizes the tragic and romantic theme of my works.”
From storybook castles to grand pagodas to ancient Greek ruins, his works span many different styles. In each of them, Callesen cuts, scores and folds the paper to construct his buildings. Even when he’s finished, however, he leaves the completed edifice in the paper it came from, emphasizing the magical transformation that took place to create it. “The cut-out paper sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space around them,” Callesen continues. “The negative and absent two-dimensional space left by the cut underlines the contrast with the three-dimensional reality it creates, even if the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense, there is also an aspect of something tragic in many cuts.
You can see more of Callesen’s art via her website and keep up to date with her latest projects and exhibitions by following the artist on Instagram.
Danish artist Peter Callesen creates architectural sculptures from a single sheet of paper.
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