The Art of Science: Rogan Brown Cuts Deep

Rogan Brown, Detail from Kernel, 2013
Rogan Brown, Detail from Kernel, 2013

For artist Rogan Brown, the process of making his cut-paper sculptures is as important as the finished product.  Each artwork is built from painstakingly cut and assembled pieces of paper – an arduous, time-consuming task. Says Brown, “The finished artifact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realization. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.”

I would add that by working only in white, Brown amplifies the impact of his incredibly complex works, putting the focus squarely on what Darwin called “endless forms most beautiful.”

Clone, 2012
Clone, 2012

Brown says he is inspired by natural shapes and patterns “from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations”.  While his art, and the process of study that precedes each piece, pay tribute to scientist-artists such as Ernst Haeckel, Brown does not seek to replicate nature. He rather describes his pieces as explorations: “Everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.”

You can see more of Brown’s work on his website and buy originals and prints here.