Japanese paper artist Nahoko Kojima (previously featured here) recently unveiled her latest work of paper art at the Jerwood Space in London. Entitled Byaku (Japanese for White), this awesomely delicate and intricate piece is a life-sized depiction of a swimming polar bear. It was made using a single 3m x 3m sheet of white Washi paper.
"Before she started to cut the animal figure, she crumpled the paper by hand to give it an uneven texture, creating a more faceted form than the smooth surface would have allowed.
The artist revealed to Designboom that she, ‘chose this particular Washi because it has less then 100% Kouzo content and this means that it subtly turns warmer in colour over time – this mimics the fur of the polar bear which based on my research goes through a similar change over the span of its life.’”
The ends of the bear’s fur form shapes of carp and waves, enhancing the appearance that the animal is swimming through water. Byaku hangs from the gallery ceiling and spotlights positioned overhead cast shadows onto a white plinth below, creating swirling patterns like reflections on water.