“Outbreak” is a series of incredibly detailed paper sculptures by Rogan Brown. The interconnected amalgam of cells and pathogens took about 4 months of tedious work to complete.
Rogan discusses a bit of the process here:
“I want to communicate my fascination with the immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms and this is why the process behind my work is so important. Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece. 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 most certainly be driven mad after one day trying to craft the paper into such delicate patterns. This brings to mind a Calvin Coolidge quote I would like to share:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent… For more from the artist, head over to his site.