India-based artist Parth Kothekar challenges the abilities of his precision knife in his amazing paper art. He cuts intricate, lace-like designs from one sheet of paper until the entire surface is perforated with tiny geometric holes. In doing so, he mimics the ornate patterns of insect and butterfly wings.
“I used to work with stencils to create large graffiti artworks. It was at this time that I realized that by inverting stencils I could create something new—and that was my first papercut,” Kothekar explains to My Modern Met. “The process of inverting the design and carving it from a single piece of paper is fascinating, as the final product is a mystery until the very end.”
The artist uses his meticulous cutting method to create ethereal moths and butterflies, as well as stunning species of birds. Each piece features a doily-like design inside of the body of the creature. Somehow, the artist manages to include a plethora of tiny gaps and cuts inside the form without ripping the fragile boundary of paper. As a result, his art looks as though it were stamped and not cut by hand.