Monday, July 5, 2010

Arts and Papercrafts

I feel like a lot of modern art is created as a statement. There's always some sort of message behind a work and while that's interesting and an excellent way to create a dialog about issues sometimes having something created purely for it's aesthetic value is refreshing and lovely.

This book is full of art created from paper. Some things are small, some things are life size, some are purely for amusement and others serve a purpose but all of the things in this book make you want to look at them. They are beautiful pieces. There are rooms with stairs made of crisp white sheets of paper, these are monsters full of color and texture, there are painstakingly detailed gardens cut out by hand, geodes made of atlas pages...the list goes on.

Even if you don't intend to actually create your own paper art this book is so inspirational. I look through the pages and absorb the details and use them to paint better or simply become more aware of what I put into my art.

And yes, all those tiny foods on the cover are made of paper.

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