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This Artist Hand Cuts Paper For Months To Craft Science-Inspired Art

Artist Rogan Brown's sculptures are a hybrid of science and imagination, fueled by everything from pathogens and fossils to organs and relief maps.

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It's hard to look at European artist Rogan Brown's paper art without being utterly blown away by its intricacy.

"Attentive to detail" doesn't even begin to describe this hand-cut piece, entitled "Cut Microbe." Inspired by E. coli and Salmonella, it measures about 112 centimeters (or about 44 inches) in length.

As Brown describes, when you blow something up to an immense proportion, you have to use your imagination to fill in the gaps. But you can still see the flagella, or the organism's tentacle-like appendages.

"Outbreak" is an ode to being scared of the microbiological world, as the overflow of the petri dishes depicts.

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This installation took four months to cut and build. But even prior to that, Brown was so intrigued after a meeting with microbiologists planning an exhibition that he investigated microbes and pathogens for months.

The process is just as vital as the outcome of the piece, Brown notes.

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The larger works are "dissected from sheet after sheet of paper in careful scientific fashion with a scalpel knife ... the slow act of cutting repeating the long time-based processes that dominate nature: growth and decay."


This piece, entitled "Cut Stem," examines the part of the flower that usually doesn't receive a lot of attention.

Hand-drawn and laser-cut, it exemplifies a cross section of stem under a microscope.

This intensive piece, "Kernel," is fruit, cell, coral, and flower and uses multiple layers and fractal repetition.

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Brown spent five months hand-cutting what he calls a "time fossil," or something that demonstrates the immense length of time and labor. He likens it to "medieval monks painstakingly embellishing holy texts in an act of adoration and prayer."

The pieces push for meditation about that what is around you, because as Brown sees it, nature is both complex and magnificent.

But can also be frustrating to analyze given its volume. This piece is simply titled "Growth."

As he concludes in an interview with OtherPeoplesPixels, "Open your eyes! Beauty is everywhere, in the smallest bush, the tiniest leaf! Go and look at it before it disappears."

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