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