The answer to the title is, they both evolve. This article is a wrapup (for now) of 3 part series on Paper Art, and before discovering its evolution, allow me to sum up quickly. (Or even better, have a read from the link! 1 & 2)
Part 1 – Re-introducing the magic paper had when we were kids. We all used to play with it, but we turned them into dull objects during the “adulting” process. But some artists can show us that “not only is paper a medium embracing the art, but it also can be the very material casting the spell of creativity.”
Part 2 – Reminiscence from over 4,000 years of relationship between humans and paper doesn’t disappear overnight, even in this paperless age. This much less than a millimeter thick sheet has been hosting incredible artistry along with its development. The paper has biological energy as it’s derived from plants, and this energy is how it “connects the artists with the art and the art with us as catalysis.”
This time, we will see another form of paper art. Its evolution may surprise you like finding some Pokémon grown up beyond your imagination. But as art lovers, we “Gotta catch them all!”, don’t we?
Evolution type 1 – Poliwrath – back to basics
When I caught a tadpoles-like Pokémon, Poliwag, I was confident of its fate evolving into a green, froggy-looking one. Instead, the third form, Poliwrath, remained blue and, in short, still a tadpole! Similarly, some Paper Art stays true to its origin and declares the paper’s primitive presence. StuidoMie, a graphic designer and a garden architect from the Netherlands, creates a series called “PaperWork.” As the name shows, it is practically made only with, and on the paper, yet it strikes the viewers with its brilliant artistry.
It seems to have evolved from the Abstract and Minimalism DNA. Like the minimal metamorphosis of Poliwag – Poliwrath line questioned why not stripping down to the element cannot have an impact; her artworks jabbed my preexisting concept for structure and aesthetic of art. The monumental figure of Minimalistic Art movement Frank Stella says, “What you see is what you see,” even so, I cannot help but interpret her works from garden architectural and environmental aspects. (Also, the American avant-garde composer, John Cage’s music somehow starts playing in my head when I see her art.)
If you have wondered into a garden/ hedge maze once, you would have realized the shapes and shadows trick your eyes while attempting to recognize patterns and repetitions. As you grow some plants, you encounter unpredictable changes, no matter how well you analyze their growth and flickering weather. In StudioMie’s works, you experience delicate shadows which structurally placed paper pieces create, and then the intuitive developments as if you wander out from a maze into a forest. StudioMie made PW024 / faltering pattern during the Coronavirus-lockdown and thought, “I wonder what happens when a pattern or ‘system’ starts to falter unexpectedly? Will the system recover, transform, or decay?”
Evolution type 2 – Gyarados – on steroid
The second type is the dramatic jump from a helpless hopper, Magikarp, to a flying aquatic dragon, Gyarados. You may also wonder how they evolved from the same DNA, the paper in this case, as you see Yojiro Omura’s artworks. His creatures are full of life, but unbelievably, they were once a piece of paper if not for his sculptural skills. The psychedelic colored lizard is about to catch prey, and the six-winged dragonfly flutters in the starlit galaxy. Empowered by his award-winning imaginations and techniques, they have grown into majestic marvels of paper art species.
There are other evolution types, of course, like a classic Caterpie – Butterfree, but I wouldn’t dare to take away your joy of finding and collecting personal favorites in this vast and colorful art world. There are plenty of them out there for you to catch! For more delightful discoveries like this, don’t forget to subscribe to our ArtClip newsletter!