People are making art out of everything these days, and I always appreciate the use of unusual materials. Take Lorenzo Duran from Guadalajara, Spain. He takes his process to the utmost, using a scalpel to cut designs into leaves of all shapes and sizes.
Inspired by ancient Chinese and Japanese paper cutting techniques, Lorenzo has updated his own approach with modern technology. First, he dries the leaves, then he gets to work with surgical tools and some seriously powerful magnifying glasses.
The results speak for themselves. Details, designs, trees within leaves – Lorenzo has it down to a science.
Even more amazing is what Lorenzo says on his website: “I have decided not to put a price on my work, but to leave it to your will to do what you should – only take into account what my work inspires you to pay for it.”
Very inspiring art – he’s clearly invested not just in his work, but in his practice. Poke around his website, and any other fabulous original art websites you may come across (wink, wink!). We’ll go out on a limb and bet you’ll be glad you did!
- Cutaway Leaf Campaigns – The Sa Acao Solidarity Movement Ads Feature the Art of Lorenzo Duran (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)
- Su Blackwell’s Book Sculptures (walltowatch.com)
- Coffin in the Library (zatista.com)