The Act Of Playing With Light And Space By Carefully Cutting Papers Into Detailed Layers


Italian artist Elisa Mearelli presents a collection of three dimensional paper arts that plays with light and space beautifully in her most recent series, La pietra e la piuma. The delicately cut paper is composed of layers and each paper box put a sculptural spin on conventional cut paper art.

La pietra e la piuma consist of various creations which include abstract, experimental designs and figurative scenes of nature. She fabricated a sense of perspective by creating compositions that appears at distance and “sink into a Dream” with the aid of multiple sheet of paper. Also many of her pieces are monochromatic (she mostly favors plain white aesthetic) or subtly which is embellished with pops of blended color. The minimal palette allows each piece to be enhanced by external light sources. “My latest work can interact with their surrounding light,” She informed us in an email. “During the day the shadow and the light areas inside them will change due to the changes in the sunlight that seeps inside.”

Mearelli believe that “the paper is the true protagonist of the work of art and not just a support to cover with color” contrary to many artist who use paper only as a canvas. Additionally, she focused on paper as a subject matter, her believe is that what makes it unique is the permanence of practice. “The main focus of my study is the act of leaving an indelible mark on the paper by means of strong invasive action such as making holes and cuts in it,” she explains. “None of my work can neither be covered with color nor erased. There is no going back because the paper has been cut. Just like the human skin it has its own form and tells its own story.”

Elisa Mearelli: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Vimeo

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