There are so many kinds, colors, and textures of paper that can be used in artistic creation. Taiwan-based artist Mia Liu finds inspiration from this medium and takes it one step further by transforming generally flat paper forms into three dimensional sculptures. The artist says she is “particularly mesmerized by the unique textures created by drawing on different papers; [She] loves to discover different papers from her everyday life to use as her creative medium, and the medium itself also leads to the inspiration for her installation works.”
This installation, entitled Can't Stop Rolling It Up, was originally a drawing that was enlarged onto 144 full sheets of watercolor paper and then cut and curled into strips and attached to an aluminum board. The visually stimulating work is an abstract swirl of pastel colors that can be viewed differently depending on the viewer's proximity to the piece. From close up, the thousands of curls of paper create a very tactile experience while, from a distance, viewers are able to fully enjoy the sensations of the piece as a more flat, abstract painting. According to Liu, “The outcome is not only a drawing, but is also a further step in indicating to the viewers the artist's individual dream.”
If you enjoy this very elaborate work, you will definitely appreciate these detailed paper portraits by French artist Nathalie Boutt.