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The Paper Whisperer, Images of Paper Come to Life

The Paper Whisperer Images of Paper Come to LifeAs a parent you sort of fall into it: crafting. It’s nearly unavoidable. Not that anyone should want to avoid it.

The satisfying crunch of scissors plowing through bright construction paper, the weirdly sweet smell of glue, the discarded wads of bunched up tape, these are all parts of the memories you may have had yourself, or helping your kid, crafting popsicle sticks into wonderful architectural travesties or working uncooked noodles into a Macaroni Lisa not-so-masterpiece.

I ran across something that made me reassess everything I’d ever crafted or seen crafted by my kids, or anyone. Ever.

Paper. Paper come to life. Brought to life. The papercuts of Peter Callesen.

 


  • Distant Wish 1 of 25
    Distant Wish
    A vision conceived and paper cut meticulously, shaped and formed into shapes that come to life.
  • Distant Wish (detail) 2 of 25
    Distant Wish (detail)
    Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper and glue
  • The Painter 3 of 25
    The Painter
    115 gsm acid free A4 paper, glue
  • Impenetrable Castle 4 of 25
    Impenetrable Castle
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Snowballs 5 of 25
    Snowballs
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Snowballs (detail) 6 of 25
    Snowballs (detail)
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • White Hand 7 of 25
    White Hand
    Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper and glue
  • Down the River 8 of 25
    Down the River
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Hunting 9 of 25
    Hunting
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Angel 10 of 25
    Angel
    Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper and glue
  • Little Erect Ruin 11 of 25
    Little Erect Ruin
    Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper and glue
  • Traces in Snow 12 of 25
    Traces in Snow
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Traces in Snow (detail) 13 of 25
    Traces in Snow (detail)
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Fall 14 of 25
    Fall
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Walking Snail 15 of 25
    Walking Snail
    Acid free A4 115 gsm paper and glue
  • Half Way Through 16 of 25
    Half Way Through
    Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper, pencil, and glue
  • All in All 17 of 25
    All in All
    Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper and glue
  • Wedding Dress Without Bride 18 of 25
    Wedding Dress Without Bride
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Pandora´s Box 19 of 25
    Pandora´s Box
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • In the Shadow of an Orchid 20 of 25
    In the Shadow of an Orchid
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Ladder 21 of 25
    Ladder
    Acid-free A4 115 g. paper and glue
  • The Short Distance Between Time and Shadow 22 of 25
    The Short Distance Between Time and Shadow
    Acid free A4 115 gsm paper and glue
  • Self-made Escher 23 of 25
    Self-made Escher
    Acrylic paint on115 gsm acid free paper, pencil and oak frame. 67,5 x 55 x 7 cm.
  • In the Beginning (Snake inside an egg) 24 of 25
    In the Beginning (Snake inside an egg)
    Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper and glue
  • Looking Back 25 of 25
    Looking Back
    Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper and glue

Papercuts by Peter Callesen.
Visit petercallesen.com to view more of this amazing artist’s works.

The artist has taken the art of crafting paper to such great heights that you almost feel like it’s an injustice to ever again fold a piece of paper or hold a pair of scissors in your hand.

The required skill and care to control such an unlikely and fickle medium is awe inspiring; paper doesn’t seem to want to be crafted. It doesn’t stay the way you want it to and you can’t uncut it when a trim goes awry. It’s possible that, for him, it lays down to pose willingly like Rose in Titanic, but for the rest of us it’s more like a drunkard being evicted by a squad of police.

Looking further, these meticulous shapes and figures are also imbued with significance and a kind of visual poetry. Such breathtaking ingenuity, where even the shape and silhouette of the cutout holes are part of the art.
 

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” —Michelangelo

 
Crafting with you kids doesn’t have to be fine art, of course, but it can be so much fun and such a creative outlet. For BOTH of you.

There’s no reason it can’t enter into the realm of art.

Maybe your kid will look at the paper the two of you are working with one day and see something more. Something within. Maybe he or she will see the shapes in the paper, and bring them to life.

Or maybe it’ll be macaroni.

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