Paper is the medium of choice for Milan-based artist Daniele Papuli, but he doesn’t draw or paint on it. Rather, he creates intricate abstract installations, mostly by hand, using cut paper arranged in magnificent waves. He calls his works Sculptographies, although his sculptures contain no words or writing whatsoever.
The artist creates monolithic paper sculptures for a variety of exhibitions, and is committed to the medium because of its inherent life qualities. Paper, which is generated from nature, is subjected to the rhythms of weather and conditions much like we are, and this is what draws Papuli to use it time and again. “Sometimes the shapes become paper monoliths faceted in many light lamellae where the different layers are like veins and the chromatic variations of the surface,” he writes on his website, “yellowing as paper does in the sun, follow the metamorphosis by which the sheet traces back to wood, to the tree, to its primary mother-matter.”
Papuli settled on paper art after experimenting with a number of other mediums, including stone, wood, and plaster. He began creating paper sculptures in 1995 and has not stopped. Now, the artist assembles large-scale installations of handcrafted flowing reliefs on the floor of a church or that float above the rooftop. Following a series of solo exhibitions throughout Europe, Papuli created an installation for the Milan Design Expo 2015 for Sephora, which can be seen in the video below.
Images via Daniele Papuli