Tokyo-based artist Risa Fukui creates detailed portraits simply by cutting slices out of sheets of paper. For this series, entitled Life-Sized, the artist developed ten new large-scale works mounted on translucent panels. Fukui developed each piece with swirling, haphazard lines that overlap in what look like hand-drawn doodles. Up close, each piece is a messy pattern, but from a distance, the chaos reveals an orderly structure of facial features that emerge from each portrait.
The installation can be appreciated from multiple angles. The back view boasts a friendly collection of colorful designs while, from the front, an eerie aura emanates from the all-white, floating shapes. At any angle, viewers can see across the room and through the expressionless, suspended shapes and appreciate the cast of realistic shadows that extend across the floor. If you are interested, Life-Sized is currently on display at the Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo, and will be there through September, 8, 2013.