Whether it's rolled, shredded or not there at all, paper is an incredibly versatile medium for artists. Inspired by the imaginative, unfolding patterns found in nature, Rogan Brown hand-cuts thousands of individual layers of paper, assembling them into complex organic forms that recall veined networks of plants, the formation of minerals and swirls of the ocean.
Seen over at This Is Colossal, Brown's work reflects a keen observation found in disciplines like scientific drawing and model making:
My work is an exploration and re-presentation of natural organic forms both mineral and vegetal. I look for patterns and repeated motifs that run through natural phenomena at different scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations.
These mind-blowingly intricate pieces seem as if they are digitally made -- but are painstakingly handmade, with pieces sometimes taking up to five months to complete. The intensive craftsmanship is part of the process of making, mirroring the grandeur of nature's handiwork, says Brown:
I want to communicate my fascination with the immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms and this is why the process behind my work is so important. Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece. The finished artefact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realisation. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.