by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 28 March 2014

Denver-based creative couple Hari & Deepti, individually known as Harikrishnan Panicker and Depti Nair, have been fusing their artistic powers together since 2010 to create hand cut paper dioramas illuminated by LEDs. The works, which were part of the SCOPE NY art show at the Black Book Gallery, are composed of watercolour paper that’s layered inside a shadow box to tell a story. The LEDs installed at the back of the pieces add drama and depth to the narratives being told.

On the Black Book Gallery website, the couple shares their thoughts on the unique visual style they employ: ‘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’.

Via This Is Colossal