Ingrid Siliakus creates these breathtaking pieces of intricate architecture using a single sheet of paper. She carefully carves out precisely drafted architectural forms to create beautiful layered landscapes with an incredible level of detail. The work process is laborious to say the least, and Siliakus often goes through 20 to 30 prototypes before she is satisfied (it's a good thing that each one uses just one piece of paper). Following the master of this paper art form, Japanese paper architect Masahiro Chatani, Siliakus learned that the process begins with one architectural design, to which layers and layers of details are added.
It was only after carefully studying the professor’s work that Siliakus learned to design these precise constructions. The Amsterdam-based artist transfers the design skills of an architect to a two-dimensional form, examining and exploring how each layer intertwines and overlaps. The work, she says, is a meditative process of cutting and folding the paper into different variations. And the result is extraordinary, a testament to what can be done with just one sheet of paper.
Images courtesy of Ingrid Siliakus