Helen Musselwhite's Artwork Inspired by Nature

British artist Helen Musselwhite does with a scalpel and paper what our minds do in a deep dream: build layer upon layer until something fantastic and otherworldly has been created. Many of her paper cut artworks are comforting and familiar, like her many forest scenes and portraits of woodland creatures, but she's equally capable of creating eerie or grotesque figures.

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The Demons of Creativity

credit: Helen Musselwhite

This face depicts the Demon of Creativity, which Musselwhite presents in contrast to the Joy of Creativity.

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The Joy of Creativity

credit: Helen Musselwhite

Musselwhite created the Joy/Demons of Creativity for Dance Gazette, the magazine of the Royal Academy of Dance. They were used to "illustrate an interview with Audrey Niffenegger about the ups and downs of the creative process."

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Autumn Wood

credit: Helen Musselwhite

On her website, Musselwhite explains how nature gives her inspiration:

As you’ll gather from my work, a lot of my inspiration comes from the British countryside. The beauty of it never ceases to amaze me and, happily, I’m well placed to observe it, living as I do just south of Manchester with one foot in the urban landscape and the other in the countryside. Walking my dog gives me the opportunity to see how my surroundings change from day to day – it’s an unending source of pleasure.
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The Ghosts of Love

credit: Helen Musselwhite

From the Ghosts series

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Mother and Child

credit: Helen Musselwhite

From the Ghosts series

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Ghost Owl

credit: Helen Musselwhite

From the Ghosts series

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Ghost Foxes

credit: Helen Musselwhite

From the Ghosts series

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Ghost Hare

credit: Helen Musselwhite

From the Ghosts series

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Butterfly Ghosts

credit: Helen Musselwhite

From the Ghosts series

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Woodland Deer

credit: Helen Musselwhite

From the Woodland Animals series

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Ghost Hedgerow

credit: Helen Musselwhite

From the Ghosts series