This week I’d like to present the stunning, intricate, hand cut paper works by artists Hari & Deepti, who create astonishing scenes using nothing but paper and lights. Originally from India but now based out of Denver, Colorado, each of the two brings different skill sets to the table that has shaped the foundation of their art. Hari, whose full name is Harikrishnan Panicker, is a trained graphic designer and illustrator while Deepti Nair specializes in paper cut art.
The couple started experimenting with paper cut shadow boxes in 2010 with hand-painted watercolor paper, which was then cut and assembled in a wooden box to create a diorama. They then started experimenting with lights and simplified their pieces by losing the colored paper. They have since evolved to add their own style of paper cut art incorporating back-lit light boxes using flexible LED strip lights.
When put together, these interesting techniques give their work a three-dimensional feel lit in a fiery golden glow. The small visual narratives depicted in each work often play off aspects of light including stars, flames, fireflies, and planets. For me, though, the most interesting aspect of their art are the small stories of exploration, danger and wonder being told in each scene, like they could almost be from a child’s adventure book. The two are also adept at creating motion and tension — I almost expected some of these scenes to start moving.
Endlessly fascinating and visually arresting, I’m pleased to feature the intricate art of Hari and Deepti. Check out the gallery after the jump, and learn more by visiting their online profile.