Sep 11, 2012

by English Muse

Much if not most art is additive. We add paint to canvas, we add ink or pencil or marker or pastel to paper. Art installations are almost always about adding work to a space. Much sculpture is additive, but some is subtractive. I was struck by the delicate beauty of these leaf cut-outs, true subtractive art.

The artist, Lorenzo Durán, has made a beautiful, yet common, leaf into art with the strategic removal of bits and pieces. He makes this amazing work with only an exact-o knife and a plan, although he does admit to crumbling many leaves to dust in the process of learning how to do this thing he does.

My favorites are the geometric shapes.

Lorenzo Durán worked in construction for 20 years before deciding he needed a job he could love every day. He decided to be a painter and then transitioned into cut work.

It’s an inspiring story; finding your life’s work is not necessarily easy. Sometimes it takes trying several paths before one path turns out to be the right one.

Have a beautiful Tuesday,

Sarah from Design Flourishes


all images from Lorenzo Durán’s website

via This is Colossal


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4 Responses to “Subtractive Art”

  1. oh my, how lovely and fabulous are these!

  2. Luli says:

    Wow, I have never seen anything like these. These are wonderful.

  3. These are amazing! I love seeing the details.

  4. Sanford Pennick says:

    Sometimes I contemplate if folks truly take time to write something original, or are they only just dishing out words to fill a site. This certainly doesn’t fit that mold. Thank you for taking the time to write with awareness. Once In A While I look at a page and question whether they even proofread it.Fantastic work with this article.

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