Using only paper and light, Harikrishna Panickerof and Deepti Nair, the artists who make up Hari & Deepti, create stunning, mystical worlds.
By carefully cutting out layers of paper and arranging them into three-dimensional settings, they create richly textured worlds. Add some light behind them, and the paper layers take on an otherworldly glow, casting shadows that make the scenes come to life.
Originally hailing from Denver, the artist duo and real-life couple recently relocated to Mumbai, and have just installed their first European show in Oslo, Norway.
Their shows are held in darkened galleries that are only lit by the works themselves. The effect is ethereal and engaging.
Even without light, the dioramas are impressive.
Despite the stark whiteness of the paper, these designs are intricate and detailed.
The pair likes working with paper because of its nearly endless possibilities. According to the artists, “Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it into something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless, and colorful. It is minimal and intricate.”
This project was created with Norwegian advertising company Anorak for Starbucks and Fairtrade Norge.
While many of their topics are mystical scenes, they appreciate pop culture, too.
This shot shows the amount of painstaking work that goes into each project.
You can see much more of this creative couple’s work on Facebook and Instagram. They also have a website in the works, so be sure to check back in a bit and see the completed site!
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