Artist Meticulously Cuts Paper Into Detailed Layers That Look Like Little Windows Into Different Worlds
The Italian artist Elisa Mearellli has presented a one-of-a-kind series of art. It’s the La pietra e la piuma, which is a 3d collection of paper box art! Its playful approach to light and space is quite stunning. With delicate layers of cut paper, each paper box art is a unique sculptural version of the usual paper you see.
You could say perhaps that the La pietra e la piuma have both abstract and figurative designs. Some of them even feature elements of nature!
So, how did Elisa Mearelli create her paper box art? Well, she used multiple sheets of paper. Then, she made the art compositions that seemed to recede and just sink into the dreamy distance beyond. To highlight the cuts, Elisa mostly uses monochromatic paper. Sometimes, though, she also pops some light color blends. Indeed, the minimal palette would let external light to do the work of emphasizing the exotic beauty of the paper box art. As the artist herself describes:
“My latest works can interact with the light around them. The shadow and the light areas inside them will change during the day as it changes the sunlight that seeps inside.”
For Elisa Mearelli, the paper is not only a canvas.
“The paper is not just a support to cover with color, but rather the true protagonist of the work of art.”
Indeed, the paper itself is Elisa’s subject matter. Moreover, the permanence of the cuts is — to her — what makes her paper box art truly unique.
“My studies focalize on the necessity of leaving an indelible mark on the paper by means of strong invasive action such as making holes and cuts in it. None of my works can be erased or covered over with color. The paper has been cut, there is no going back; it has its own form, it tells its own story, like the human skin.”
Take a look at these intricate paper box art by Elisa Mearelli. They’re part of her La pietra e la piuma collection.