Istanbul-based artist Nermin Er uses a scalpel to cut intricate works of paper art that depict miniature worlds silhouetted against warmly lit backgrounds. Layers of cityscapes, tree branches, deer, and more form the edges of her sculptural, circular compositions, surrounding central figures like animals and the moon. Some of Er's pieces even rotate, transforming her work into gently spinning spheres bursting with life.
“I am very much interested in daily life and human nature. One needs very distant images, but I believe that the way you tell about ordinary things can also be very nice and beautiful. We can manage to talk about things without going far away,” the artist shares in an interview with Today's Zaman. “Even in my motionless works there are stories; it is as if they are a moment taken from an ongoing event.”