Peter Callesen, leaving a paper trail…

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08/04/2011 by Sarah Ritchie

Peter Callesen paper artist

Do you reckon you could take a blank piece of A4 paper and meticulously craft not only a 3D object, but a piece that is full of pathos and poignancy? Let me introduce to you Peter Callesen.

Peter is a Danish paper artist who has produced a myriad of works from A4 paper sculptures to major installations and various, more traditional, artworks in between.

Do have a good look around Peter’s website. The end results seem extra-incredible when you realise how small an A4 sheet of paper is and how detailed and fragile the pieces must be.

I have so much respect for Peter Callesen’s work. I find it particularly challenging to visualise in 3D…let alone what Callesen does incorporating both 2D and 3D as integral components in his artwork. Kudos in spades!

In his own words:

I find the A4 sheet of paper interesting to work with, because it is probably the most common and consumed media and format for carrying information today, and in that sense it is something very loaded. This means that we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By removing all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white 80gsm A4 paper as a base for my creations, I feel that I have found a material which we all are able to relate to, and at the same time is non-loaded and neutral and therefore easier to fill with different meanings. The thin white paper also gives the paper sculptures a fragility which underlines the tragic and romantic theme of the works.

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