Paper artist Rogan Brown creates incredibly detailed and intricate layered sculptures inspired by the shape of cells, microorganisms, plants, fungi and other patterns found in nature. Each delicate relief piece is made from layer upon layer of hand or laser cut paper, his chosen material that embodies the paradoxical qualities of nature: being both fragile and durable, strong and delicate.
Before cutting and assembling each sculpture, Brown makes preparatory scientific drawings and researches every shape in detail. So it’s easy to conceive that making these sculptures is immensely time-consuming and labour-intesive. Some of the hand cut sculptures take up to a staggering five months to complete!
In 2014 Brown created a beautiful installation called Outbreak, which is inspired by a meeting he had with a group of microbiologists who were organizing an exhibition focusing on the Human Microbiome, the entire population of bacteria inhabiting the human body. Fascinated by the invisible world of microbiology, he created this piece that depicts an outbreak of pathogens to illustrate the fears associated with the microbiological world. This landmark piece nicely demonstrates how science can fuel the creation of art and how it can elicit a more profound and personal experience. Or to say it in the words of Rogan Brown:
“By mixing science and art, observation and imagination I hope to elucidate both, the breathtaking detail and complexity that exists at every level of scale in nature transformed by the eccentricity of the individual imagination. A recurrent theme in my work is the limitations of science when confronted by the vast scale and complexity of nature, science’s goal of containing and defining nature is constantly subverted and fractured by the sheer volume and variety of data that needs to be observed, analysed and classified. My work similarly attempts to frustrate categorization.”
For more of his stunning work, be sure to visit his blog!