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Rogan Brown’s work is inspired by the hidden worlds modern science reveals to us, whether it’s the intricacy of microscopic cellular structures, the mesmerizing diversity of the bacterial realm or the surreal beauty of nature at the quantum scale.
His goal is to find accessible visual metaphors that make visible these complex structures. The resulting sculptures are built up from an accretion of multiple layers of hand and laser cut paper.
Paper embodies the paradoxical qualities that we see in nature: its fragility and durability, its strength and delicacy. Paper cutting as a traditional folk art form is characterized by its accessibility and simplicity and Brown both exploit and subvert those qualities in the work he makes. His ultimate aim is to remind us of the sublime beauty and strangeness of the natural world that surrounds us but which is hidden from our eyes.