I use to think that I was a relatively creative person. I enjoy doing little arts and craft projects a few times a year. I also took art in 8th grade and felt like my projects turned out better than most of the other kids, if I do say so myself. My turtle made from modeling clay was even put on display in the library! (I won’t mention that every child who took art also had something put on display as well.) However, I now realize I am good at recreating someone else’s idea and making it my own, but I am not good at coming up with my own ideas. For instance, if you were to give me a piece of paper and some scissors I would seriously draw a blank and have NO idea what to do with it. I would most likely end up making one of those snowflakes that elementary kids are taught to do in school by folding it into a triangle so each cut is duplicated throughout the snowflake. Regardless of my minimal creativity, I am entirely confidant that mine would be a totally and completely awesome snowflake!
If you want to see what a truly creative person can do with a simple sheet of paper and some scissors then you have to checkout an artist by the name of Peter Callesen. Callesen is a genius when it comes to visualizing what can become from an 8×11 piece of paper. Every cut not only goes towards making something imaginative, but the blank space that is left behind lends itself to the story and adds to the picture. What he is able to create is absolutely mesmerizing in the simplicity of the design and in others the complexity is awe inspiring. You have to see it to believe it!
“Inspiration” – I love that he used the branch cutouts to create the roots under the tree.
“Angel” – Peter Callesen was born in Denmark in 1967 and originally studied architecture in school.
“The End of the Road” – Callesen then switched to studying art at the Jutland Art Academy and afterward continued his education in art at Goldsmiths College in the UK.
“Distant Wish” – Callesen began his career with paintings, video, and performances before beginning his work with cardboard and paper.
“Mountain II” – Now Callesen focuses mainly on using A4 paper, which is your typical printer quality paper that will cost you around $13 for 500 sheets.
“White Hand” – In 2010, Callesen received The Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Eckersberg Medal.
“On the Other Side” – Calmness also received a three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation.
“Impenetrable Castle” – Most of his work consists of only acid free A4 80 GSM paper and glue.
“In the Beginning (Snake Inside An Egg)” – It amazes me that each cut is precisely designed, not only for the beauty left in the void where the paper once was but so that cutout itself can then be pieced together to create the egg in this piece.
“Looking Back” – Callesen creates skeletons in many of his designs.
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