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Philadelphia, PA

papercut light boxes

Meghan HarcarComment

How gorgeous are these back-lit dioramas by Denver-based couple Hari & Deepti? The artists starting experimenting with papercut light boxes in 2010, illustrating fanciful scenes and stories using hand painted watercolor paper. As time went on, they stopped coloring their paper, instead using LED lights affixed to the back of the box to color and illuminate the intricately cut and layered white paper.  The light adds depth to the narrative and creates such a striking contrast between the layers of the paper design. love love love.

Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities. What amazes us about the paper cut light boxes is the dichotomy of the piece in its lit and unlit state, the contrast is so stark that it has this mystical effect on the viewers’
— Hari & Deepti