Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker (known collectively as Hari & Deepti) are an artist couple who create paper cut light boxes. Each diorama is made from layers of cut watercolor paper placed inside a shadow box and is lit from behind with flexible LED light strips. The small visual narratives depicted in each work often play off aspects of light including stars, flames, fireflies, and planets. The couple shares about their work:

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 are originally from India but now live and work in Denver. Their work most recently appeared at SCOPE New York through Black Book Gallery. (via Hi-FructoseMy Modern Met)

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