There’s no limit to the creativity that can be achieved using paper. Even by using a single piece of paper, countless things can be made, and Origami, a Japanese paper art, is a good example of this. While some people realize their creative ideas using a single piece of paper, others use multiple papers to give life to their imaginations. Ayumi Shibata, a Japanese artist, uses numerous layers of paper cutouts to create absolutely striking illuminations. As the final touch, she casts an enchanting light over rows of white paper cuttings, bringing life to her work. The way she uses layers of a two-dimensional material to create vibrant three-dimensional environments is truly incredible.
Shibata’s interest in paper art began when she was in New York. After she relocated to the city, she began attending church to avoid noise and to meditate. One day, after meditation, Shibata was mesmerized by the strikingly colored lights falling on the floor through stained glass. It reminded her of her childhood days when she used to make paper-stained glass pieces using black paper and cellophane in middle school. She tried this activity after returning home that day and was captivated by the process. Since then, she has been creating more complicated and detailed artworks using paper.
Oftentimes, these stunning pieces stemming from Shibata’s imagination combine architecture with nature. The way she makes elements of nature overlap with artificial things is truly unique and mesmerizing, and it brings out an ethereal and dreamy cityscape. These environments are definitely attractive on their own. However, the lighting gives it a true sense of magic. According to Shibata, her work represents Yin and Yang. While paper represents Ying and the material world, Yang and the immaterial world is represented by the cutout spaces. The soft and warm light shining through these brings a sense of connection. So, what are your thoughts about Shibata’s one-of-a-king artworks? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.