Jan 29, 2019

Paper Cut Shadow Boxes Illuminated by Light

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Artist duo Hari & Deepti (Harikrishnan Panicker, Deepti Nair) started experimenting with paper cut shadow boxes in 2010 with hand painted watercolor paper which was then cut and assembled in a wooden box to create a diorama. They started experimenting with lights and simplified their pieces by losing the colored aspect of the paper. Their current paper cut artworks now incorporate back-lit light boxes using flexible LED strip lights.

Currently based out of Denver, Colorado, the duo came to the United States from India. Represented by Black Book Gallery (where many of their works are available), they describe their medium of choice as:

“Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities… What amazes us about the paper cut light boxes is the dichotomy of the piece in its lit and unlit state, the contrast is so stark that it has this mystical effect on the viewers.”


To see more of their amazing paper cut shadow boxes be sure to check them out at the links below.

[via Colossal]




1. Firewolves and The Lone Warrior
16 x 12 inches




2. Moonlight Drowns Out All But The Brightest Stars
12 x 16 inches



3. When The Dust Settles
24 x 30 inches



4. WildFire
12 x 12 inches




5. Fireflies
12 x 12 inches




6. Utopia
18 x 24 inches



7. Lift Off
8 x 10 inches




8. Guardians of the Dark
8 x 10 inches




9. The Light In The Forest
8 x 10 inches



10. The Illuminated One
8 x 10 inches




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