Rogan Brown (previously featured here) has been working on one of his largest pieces. “Cell Cloud Variation” is composed of almost 1000 separate laser cut elements painstakingly mounted by hand using long entomological pins so that everything floats.
He also worked on a new piece inspired by the structure of bone, cells and neurons in the human body.
It’s interesting to think about life from different perspectives, and paper artist and sculptor, Rogan Brown, does just that. Well, it’s even more interesting when it’s a perspective you don’t really notice or consider and its beauty and mystique is brought to your attention. Behold the cellular level invisible to the naked eye and brought to life in incredibly detailed and sophisticated paper sculptures! These are Brown’s recreation of cells, microorganisms, plants and fungi that accentuate the patterns found in nature in micro or macroscopic levels. Each fragile and durable piece in his sculptures are made layer upon layer of hand cut or laser paper. Some of his pieces can take several months to complete.
In 2014, Brown created an awe-inspiring installation called Outbreak, inspired by a meeting with microbiologists organizing an exhibition on the Human Microbiome. He created this piece that depicts an outbreak of pathogens to showcase the inner world associated with science and microbiology.
The art installations resemble fractals found in the universe when we zoom in or out of living organisms. On a broader perspective, viewing the earth from space, one can view human beings as these microscopic pathogens infesting the earth. It all depends on how you look at it. Thanks for keeping us looking, Rogan.
Rogan Brown took four months to cut and build this “Outbreak” piece. It was inspired by a meeting with a group of microbiologists planning a new exhibition centre focusing on the Human Microbiome, that is the vast colony of bacteria that lives in and on our bodies.
Fascinated by this hidden world he spent months researching the strange shapes and forms of microbes and pathogens. He wanted to create a piece that examined our fears of the microbiological world, so out of one of the petri domes a group of bugs burst forth, full of ferocious uncontrolable energy.
The intensive work to cut, build and complete, is a meditation on the architecture of natural organic forms in which Rogan Brown strives to reproduce the growth mechanisms of nature: multiple layering, fractal repetition and immense accretion of detail.
He likes to think of these big hand cut pieces as “Time fossils”, that is the fossilized trace of all the time and labour that went in to them. Few other art forms foreground the time that was spent on their creation as well as paper sculpture, it is a significant aspect not merely of their value but their meaning; like medieval monks painstakingly embellishing holy texts in an act of adoration and prayer, he too pays hommage to the interplay of nature and the imagination in the long hours of creation.