Roots or Rivers? Astounding Cut Paper Sculptures Inspired by the Forms of the Natural World

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Rogan Brown is an explorer of the natural world, both mineral and vegetable. His simply stunning response to the things he finds are these beautiful cut paper artworks which pop from the canvas in textural form. Serpentine roots, branching rivers, blood vessels – it’s not always easy to determine what first inspired what, but they are all the forms and motifs of the natural world repeated throughout many different scales. Brown says he sees these patterns in details:

“from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations. I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.”

Not surprisingly, after the many hours spent researching and planning his pieces, Brown spends a massive amount of time creating each many layered artwork. In the angled image of his piece Cut Pod, below, the astounding level of detail and depth in these works becomes apparent, as well as the web or sponge like structures created in their overlapping forms. You can see more of his work at


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