ARTIST USES NEWSPAPERS TO CRAFT INCREDIBLY DETAILED SCULPTURES
Using nothing but ordinary newspaper, skilled paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates lifelike, elaborate and detailed animal sculptures.
To create each creature she twists and turns her wet newspaper, Hitotsuyama skill-fully binds the pieces together. By varying the thickness and outline of the paper, you can accurately reproduce the look you want, from a living monkey to a resting rhinoceros. She also uses colour printing on newspaper to create impressive gradations. The process is entirely manual and requires a huge amount of paper.
This Japanese artist has clearly honed her craft, but her passion for the subject goes beyond the artistic side of her work. “Above all, I pay special attention to the realism of animals,” she tells Kokusai Pulp & Paper. “Animals in nature are equal to us in that they live together on Earth,” she said. Sometimes they sleep. sometimes they eat They live a normal life just like us. I want to convey their lives by insisting on reality and making works in life size as much as possible.”
Scroll down to see Paper Trails, a short documentary about Hitotsuyama's amazing sculptural work.