With all the anxiety we have over pandemics and superbugs, it always stirs up a feeling of dread to see images of microorganisms pop up on your news feed. But in this case, we suggest you meet your germophobia head-on, and take a closer look at the ones seen here.
Don”t worry, it”s not contagious.
You”re actually looking at cut paper sculptures created by artist Rogan Brown, who uses white paper, a knife, and an incredible capacity for detail and delicacy to create these impossibly intricate pieces. Each one seems like an entire galaxy, and the lack of color allows the tiniest of details to seem all the more evident.
Details from Cut Microbe, which is based on the forms of salmonella and E. coli.
Brown is fascinated with the intricacies of nature on both the micro and the macro scale, and finds his inspiration in everything from cells and pathogens to the human body to geological forms. He”s long been fascinated with the way that nature and natural forms defy categorization and artificial recreation (as in drawings or models) by humans time and again, and often embody seemingly contradictory characteristics.
A detail from the large installation Outbreak.
Outbreak, in it”s entirety.
(via Sploid, Colossal)
Brown uses paper for his work, feeling that it reflects the complexities and paradoxes of nature, being simultaneously durable and fragile, delicate and strong. His process, as he describes it, is scientific as well as artistic, in that he uses a scalpel to meticulously dissect the paper and arrange the sliced pieces into an understandable model.
You can see more of Brown”s amazing work on his website, and keep up with his latest work on his Facebook page.