Rogan Brown: paper sculptures

 
Magic Circle Variation 5 Detail
Magic Circle Variation 5 Detail

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown

Cut Stem
Cut Stem

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Magic Circle Variation 8
Magic Circle Variation 8

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Cut Microbe Detail
Cut Microbe Detail

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Vortex
Vortex

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Cut Stem Detail
Cut Stem Detail

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Portal
Portal

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Blossom Fossil
Blossom Fossil

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Outbreak
Outbreak

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Outbreak Detail
Outbreak Detail

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Outbreak Detail detail
Outbreak Detail detail

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Bacteria Deleria
Bacteria Deleria

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Fallen Angel Wings
Fallen Angel Wings

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Kernel
Kernel

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Kernel Detail 2
Kernel Detail 2

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Cut Pod
Cut Pod

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Cut Pod Detail
Cut Pod Detail

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Growth Detail
Growth Detail

hand-cut paper sculpture by Rogan Brown.

Creator's Statement:
 

"My work plays with the architecture of nature and organic growth. By identifying patterns and motifs that occur in the natural world in different contexts and at different scales, both macroscopic and microscopic, I have developed a formal, aesthetic vocabulary that I use to construct hybrid sculptural forms, half real, half surreal.

 

Both familiar and other at one and the same time the sculptures make multiple visual references: cell structures, microbes, pathogens, vegetal forms, coral, fossils, insects, shells, the body’s organs and orifices, geological structures, relief maps, cut away models, petri dishes etc…By mixing science and art, observation and imagination I hope to elucidate both, the breathtaking detail and complexity that exists at every level of scale in nature transformed by the eccentricity of the individual imagination. A recurrent theme in my work is the limitations of science when confronted by the vast scale and complexity of nature, science's goal of containing and defining nature is constantly subverted and fractured by the sheer volume and variety of data that needs to be observed, analysed and classified. My work similarly attempts to frustrate categorization.

Process and material are also important; the large hand cut pieces are dissected from sheet after sheet of paper in careful scientific fashion with a scalpel knife, sometimes taking months to complete, the slow act of cutting repeating the long time-based processes that dominate nature: growth and decay. Paper, my chosen material, embodies the paradoxical qualities that we see in nature: its fragility and durability, its strength and delicacy."