christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures

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‘uffizi’, a paper shadowbox sculpture by christina lihan

originally trained as an architect, US-based artist christina lihan creates elaborate paper relief sculptures, mounted in shadowboxes and ranging from two to six inches deep. as subjects she has taken buildings ranging from the eiffel tower and taj mahal to private residences and american cities.

all carefully assembled in detailed layers, the artworks are composed of unpainted, 300lb. coldpress watercolour paper. lihan begins her work by photographing and sketching the site, generally creating scaled charcoal drawings that she then enlarges to the planned size of the finished piece. she lays out the buildings directly over these sketched forms, and cutting out details in place and ultimately assembling all the components into the finished composition. all carving, scoring, cutting, and folding is completed by hand, and lihan admits that, basing her work primarily on its aesthetic effect rather than on mathematical measurement, she frequently resizes the pieces over the course of production to achieve the most accurate perspective.

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures detail view, ‘uffizi’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures ‘taj mahal’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures closer view, ‘taj mahal’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures detail view, ‘taj mahal’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures ‘george washington bridge’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures ‘south beach condominium’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures ‘place des vosges’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures ‘raleigh’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures ‘palladio’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures closer view, ‘palladio’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures ‘eiffel tower’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures detail view of base of ‘eiffel tower’

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures to create the sculptures, lihan overlays paperwork over full-scale sketches of the architecture

christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures process shot

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christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures

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  • Nice …and patience!

    Dario
    Aug 05, 2011
  • ma va?!!?!!!!!
    these are BEAUTIFUL.
    how on Earth do you make something like this?!!?
    bravissima!!

    Chiara
    Aug 05, 2011

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