by Marta Millere in New Art on Tuesday 20 May 2014

Danish artist Peter Callesen creates amazing 3D pieces, which he cuts out of paper, leaving it impeccably clean and white, as if a sheet of paper had given birth to something beautiful.

Some might consider a black sheet of paper a material of the poor. In Callesen’s hands it transforms into the highest quality Italian marble. He masterfully cuts, folds and molds standard A4 sheets of paper into colibri birds, churches, skeletons and other universal symbols of life, death, loneliness and passion.

His craft transcends what could be seen as fancy origami: he toys with absence and presence and around each of his mini paper sculptures emerges a background story. A delicate snail crawls on a human foot; skeleton rots as the space around it deteriorates.